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NFL Player Turned Substitute Teacher

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NFL Player Turned Substitute TeacherHere's one substitute teacher who won't have to worry about discipline problems in his class? David Bruton, safety for the Denver Broncos, is turning the NFL lockout into an opportunity to teach.

Bruton returned to his home town of Dayton, Ohio to sub for his old high school. The Notre Dame grad fills in to teach social studies and credit recovery classes, according to Yahoo! Sports.

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He was encouraged to teach by his old coach, and is now wracking up a cold $90 per day at Miamisburg High School.

  • "He was very professional," said Bruton's old coach and Miamisburg administrator Tim Lewis. "He looked like he was completely in control, like he'd done it before."

One one level, I really enjoy the novelty and the spirit behind a professional athlete getting involved in school.

  • According to Bruton, "I'm just trying to keep busy and it's nice to be able to give back to my community."

It could show these kids that even professional athletes value education and make it a priority. It also demonstrates that it's important to give be involved in your community and give of your time, even if you don't need the money. Finally, what teenage football fan wouldn't be psyched for a pro baller to be in the front of their classroom?

On the other hand, there are a lot of qualified, talented teachers out of work or fighting for their jobs. Does this media image of Bruton playing teacher downplay the profession? Would you want to be the teacher who comes back after a sick day to moans and groans because you're there instead of the football star?

At the end of the day, I can't help but like Bruton for taking on the challenge of substitute teaching and taking his job seriously.

Where do you weigh in? Does his time teaching make you a Bruton fan? Share your response in the comments section!


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