Adams Gives Back To Rough Hometown

November 22, 2012 6:54 AM

Adams Gives Back To Rough Hometown
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Mike Adams remembers feeling the pit in his stomach when, instead of going to the supermarket, his mom, his aunt and a few of his six siblings walked around the corner to the church to pick up Thanksgiving dinner.

The volunteers put the cranberry sauce, the turkey, the mashed potatoes and the rest into a shopping cart and little Mike, not even 10 at the time, followed everyone back home to get ready for the holiday.

“I was embarrassed,” Adams said. “I think about it now and it was like, damn, we really didn’t have much.”

That was life growing up poor in Paterson, N.J. – a life the Broncos safety has left behind but has by no means forgotten.

Yes, there are hundreds of NFL players doing all kinds of charity work this Thanksgiving – and every week. Adams and his charity, the Rising Stars Foundation, have taken on an even more special meaning this year because his community, in addition to having a poverty rate about 11 percent over the national average, has been dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as well "

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