SANTA ANA – Chargers security Darwin James wanted to continue Casey Hayward’s tradition of serving Thanksgiving meals to low-income families in Orange County as he remembered the joyous conversation he had at the dinner line.
James hosted his own Thanksgiving event Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana and distributed more than 175 meals to families who are struggling this holiday season due to high inflationary prices.
James said, “KC made it my debut year and that’s how I got involved and I was someone who always believed in a boys’ and girls’ club.” “I attended boys and girls clubs. I wanted to connect with and help families as much as I could.”
James said the NFL player had never been to the Boys & Girls Clubs he attended in Florida, and saw how impressive his attendance was to the families he served during Hayward’s holiday shows. Hayward joined the Las Vegas Raiders in the off-season after playing five seasons with the Chargers.
“These families, they’re going to remember this forever,” James said. “I feel like taking 30 minutes or an hour out of your day can change someone’s life.
“Sometimes (NFL players) feel like they are too busy to go out on our day off or don’t have time. You are never too big or too busy. Get out there and help people and show people that you really care. I feel like that’s something we need to do, especially in our position as athletes.”
James served turkey and corn with his 5-month-old son at a nearby food line. He also took pictures with families and traded youth football stories with them.
“I wasn’t always on the list of going to the boys and girls club because I didn’t want to be stuck there all the time, but I always went to the boys and girls club after school because all my friends were there,” James said. . “It was so much fun and I wanted to come out today and show some love and some support.”
CONCERN FOR ASANTE
Chargers rookie cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. sustained his second concussion in three weeks during the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chargers edge rush Joey Bosa reached out to Samuel after sustaining his first concussion and plans to do so again because he knows how scary the symptoms of a head injury can be.
Bossa opened up with reporters last season about what he experienced after two setbacks. He has also been a mental health advocate over the past few seasons.
“After his first one, I made sure to let him know it was a real hard time for me,” Bossa said of Samuel. “It’s important to have someone to talk to if you’re feeling sad or down about anything. … It’s definitely serious. I hate to see it.
He said, “There were a lot of bad hits in (Sunday) night. It bothers me seeing that stuff. I can see any injury, but a head injury always hurts me. I definitely Will talk to her again because being a couple together is a scary thing. It can definitely affect your thought process, your mood and how you feel.”
Samuel, this year’s Chargers second-round draft pick, has had an exceptional rookie season as their No. 2 outside cornerback. His tenacity for sticking to big wide receivers and breaking up plays at Florida State propelled the NFL.
Many draft pundits and scouts were concerned about Samuel’s 5-foot-10, 180-pound frame and that’s why the Chargers were able to snag him with the 47th overall pick.
The Chargers have explained Samuel’s toughness on the field, but they won’t bring him back on the field. Samuel never suffered an injury until he entered the NFL.
“I am concerned about all my people, making sure they are safe and sound,” said Chargers coach Brandon Staley. “That is our biggest priority. As coaches, as people in the athletic profession, when you play a sport, the health and well-being of your players is always paramount in everything. Asante has real things and I know that. After the first one, I talked to him about the same. He has no history of (concussion) so that makes you feel good about his overall health.
“One of his strengths is his toughness. I think we all know that when it comes to that topic, that patience is a virtue, which makes sure everyone is safe and sound. Like this We will contact him.”
joseph out on sunday
Staley said defensive tackle Linval Joseph would be sidelined for Sunday’s road game against the Denver Broncos.
Joseph was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday after he tested positive. He was ruled out of a win against the Steelers last week due to a shoulder injury.