The Cowboy in the Corner

Like many of you, I have been thinking about what happened to Buffalo Bills Football Player Damar Hamlin this week. If you haven’t heard by now, after being tackled by a player of the Cincinnati Bengals, the 24 year old Damar got up and then immediately collapsed on the field. This frantic moment was followed by a rush of medical personnel running to Damar’s aid.

As the Buffalo Bills Training Staff worked to revive Damar, one of the assistants on staff stepped in to help immediately by doing chest compressions and CPR on the athlete.
In fact, many in the media are crediting he and his staff for saving Damar’s life. The assistant’s name is Denny Kellington.

Denny may not be known to many people before the incident, but his efforts spoke volumes. He saw the need, stepped in, and gave the help that saved a life. Rarely, would you see someone like him on TV, if you did, you might see him standing in the corner or just off to the side waiting to help if needed. But for the Buffalo Bills Football Team, they can take pride in the fact that they have a Cowboy in their Corner. Yep, Denny is an OSU Cowboy.

In fact, Denny just so happens to be a graduate from Oklahoma State University where he interned with the OSU football Team in 1996-99. Even though Denny has graduated and moved on from Stillwater, Oklahoma, he still proved himself to be a Cowboy. Cowboys are ready for action, eager to serve, loyal to help, and people that you can count on in a crisis. Sure, Denny did his job, but he also reminded us of how thankful we should be for the Cowboys in our Corner as well.

Ask yourself this question: “Who can you thank in your life who has been with you through thick and thin?” I‘m sure each one of us reading this post can think of someone. We all have a Cowboy in our Corner. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, cousin, coach, ag teacher, or friend, think about the people who have invested, supported, and been there for you, then thank them. As you do this inventory, don’t be afraid to send them a text of thanks or even give them a phone call. Learn from them and consider how you can be person of support for someone else.

At the end of the day, we might not ever suit up to play for the NFL, or be part of a medical training staff for the Buffalo Bills, but we can all choose to be in someone’s corner. Invest in someone’s life, be part of their supprt system, offer to help, and stand ready to aid. You might not be on TV much and that’s ok. Because you are getting to be part of an even more impactful role, a Cowboy in the Corner. #NFL #CowboyInTheCorner #DamarHamlin #BuffaloBills #InvestInSomeone #BeThere #Leadership


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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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