James Ihedigbo is spending his offseason helping those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.
"When it first happened, I was one of those people who said, 'Damn, this is terrible that this has happened. What can you possibly do with something like this?' " the Jets' hard-hitting safety and special-teamer told newyorkjets.com this afternoon. "I said I've got to do something. I've got to figure out some way to help. What better way than using the platform that I've been given as an NFL football player to do that?"
That's what Ihedigbo is planning to do. He will be in a group of about 20 people who will be leaving from the United States for Haiti on a mission of help and support from March 15-18.
So far the group includes at least two other Jets players, Leon Washington and David Clowney. It also will comprise two ER doctors from Houston and a number of nurses from Massachusetts, the state where he played his high school ball at Amherst Regional and his college ball at UMass.
Remember you don't need to be an NFL player to help out in Haiti. Every little thing you can do makes a difference.