Football players with adopted parents

In the lives of many people they choose to take some decisions for their survival. This list includes football player that choose to adopt another parent to help them for their struggle in life.
(1) Wilfred Ndidi
In the beginning of January 2014 when Wilfred arrived in Belgium for his two-month test period with KRC Genk. At that moment he was still a young guy, just 17 years old.  The first three or four days he arrived, he was staying in a hotel. But there was a lack of hospitality space and KRC Genk called Theo  Van Vlierdens and his wife, Marleen Van Vlierdens and requested if they would take Wilfred in their home for a few weeks. The Van Vlierdens look at each other, they didn’t say anything and they nodded their heads, which meant yes. From that moment Wilfred was adopted. Van Vlierdens treated Ndidi like their biological son for the two years he played for KRC Genk. Before moving to Leicester city on $17 millions contract.

(2) Mario Balotolli
In 1993, when Mario Balotolli was three, Balotelli was placed in foster care to the Balotelli family when his own family was unable to pay for his health care needs.]His foster parents are Silvia, the Jewish daughter of Holocaust survivors, and Francesco Balotelli.They lived in the town of ConcesioBrescia, in northern Italy.
At first, he stayed at the Balotellis during the weekdays, and returned to his biological parents on weekends. He later was permanently fostered by the Balotellis full-time, and adopted their surname. In June 2012, he dedicated his goals that put Italy in the final of the Euro 2012 football championships to his foster mother Silvia. Balotelli had to wait until his 18th birthday to request Italian citizenship, as his foster family had not officially adopted him. He officially gained citizenship in Concesio on 13 August 2008.After the ceremony he released the following statement:
I am Italian, I feel Italian, I will forever play with the Italian national team.
Mario Balotelli[


 (3) Daunte Culpepper.
Daunte Culpepper is a great advocate for adoption. He was born to a single teen mother, Barbara Henderson, who was in prison. He was adopted when he was a day old by Emma Daunte, but has stayed in contact with his biological mother. Daunte played football for the University of Central Florida and was drafted in 1999 by the Minnesota Vikings. He has also played for the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and Detroit Lions. Outside of football, Daunte has always been a large supporter of the African American Adoption Agency (AAAA) by donating to the organization and through hosting an annual Golf tournament to raise money for Adoptive Families. Daunte was named a national “Angel in Adoption,” in 2006, by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. He has also been a speaker for a United Way celebration “Reason To Be Thankful.” He is now retired and continues to be a great supporter for adoption.
(4) Eric Dickerson
Another adoptee, Hall of Fame running back, Eric Dickerson, who holds the current record for single-season NFL rushing record of 2,105 yards since 1984, was most recently in the news because his record was almost broken by Adrian Peterson on December 30, 2012. Eric posted a picture on Twitter of him and his son with the caption “Daddy keeps the record!!!!! My son will break one day.” Colts fans may remember Eric for the short period he played for Indianapolis (where MLJ Adoptions is located) after being traded by the Rams in one of the biggest trades ever in the NFL. He only ended up playing nine games for the Indianapolis Colts but he helped lead them to their first winning season in ten years. Eric was born on September 2, 1960, in Sealy, Texas, to Helen Johnson and was adopted by his great-great aunt Viola Dickerson. He continues to be close with his birth mother but calls Viola “mama” and she has been a great influence in his life.

(5) Scott Fujita.

Scott Fujita, Cleveland Browns linebacker, was born on April 28, 1979, and was adopted by Rodney and Helen Fujita. Fujita was raised in California in a Japanese-American home and celebrates traditions from both cultures. Scott is a great advocate for adoption who been a spokesperson for a foster to adopt program in Kansas City’s “Monday’s Child,” Adoption Awareness Month in New Orleans, and Catholic Charities for Adoption.

(6) Tim Green.

Tim Green is a father, husband, lawyer, 2011 winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, former NFL linebacker and defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, Fox and NPR commentator and a New York Times bestselling author. He was called the “Renaissance Man” by Sports Illustrated. One of his books that has caught the attention of the adoption community is his 1997 memoir, A Man and His Mother: An Adoped Son’s Search, about his search for his biological mother. Green donates his time and money to reading programs and other children’s charities like the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

(7) Michael Oher

If you’re familiar with the movie The Blind Side, then you know the touching adoption story of Michael Oher and how he  went from living on the streets to being adopted by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy. Oher went on to play college football at the University of Mississippi. He was drafted in 2009 by the Baltimore Ravens. Oher has written an autobiography that tells his touching story called Beat The Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond and his parents co-authored a book that tells the story from their point of view called, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving. Michael and his parents continue to be big adoption advocates and are actively involved in helping others through their foundation that supports families in the adoption process called Making It Happen: The Tuohy Family Foundation.
As football players they have used their celebrity status to support adoption, a cause that has made a great impact on their lives. This is just a few of the NFL players whose lives have been touched by adoption. There are many children waitingfor forever families and we are very thankful for these players who have supported adoption.
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