CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A poem that hung in Kevin Mawae's locker is among more than 200 items he's donated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with many to be displayed this summer as part of an exhibit featuring Mawae as a member of the Class of 2019.
Mawae said in a release Wednesday that the collection represents a lifetime of football and love of a game that means so much to his family and allows him to share both his journey and the privilege of being in the Hall of Fame.
He donated jerseys, posters, footballs, helmets, photos, notes and playbooks. Highlights include a New York Jets jersey worn during an exhibition in Tokyo helping open the NFL's 84th season; a game-worn AFL 50th anniversary Tennessee Titans jersey from 2009; and a handwritten list of Hall of Famers who played center that Mawae used as inspiration.
The poem read:
"Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self- satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of being.
Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
Remember this is your lifetime through tomorrow there will be more to do...
And failure awaits for all who stay with some success made yesterday...
Tomorrow you must try more and even harder than before."
The Class of 2019 Locker Exhibit opens this summer featuring lockers with items from Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.
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