Adam Bighill and his achievements outside of soccer | National Post

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Adam Bighill is a football linebacker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Most recently, he was a member of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Bighill made his professional debut with the British Columbia Lions in 2011. He played college football for the Central Washington Wildcats.

The central linebacker of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was chosen as the most outstanding player of the CFL team and the best defensive player. These have not been his only achievements, in fact, he says he is happy and satisfied every time he drags a quarterback or takes the ball from an opponent. In spite of this, as already mentioned, they have not been his only achievements, outside of football, Bighill helps shy children with facial differences to look people in the eye, smile and speak with confidence, this makes him feel doubt, very proud.

Bighill spoke about it and this is what he said, “We make children open and able to develop different skills in which many children with facial differences need to work: with eye contact, projecting their voice, trusting and communicating” in addition he said, “When you’re halfway there, you realize that these children are already making great progress”.

Words of Bighill

Bighill, 30, grew up in Montesano, Washington, and was born with a palate and cleft lip, so he underwent five surgeries before age 12.

Undoubtedly, it was not easy for Bighill since he said: “I was intimidated when I was a child, I had to defend myself a couple of times”.

Despite this, he always had the unconditional support of his parents who always encouraged him, “They both gave me the confidence to handle these situations” Bighill said: “My dad always said: ‘If you have to protect yourself, you protect yourself’ “.

Bighill says that he earned respect and in the same way reduced intimidation, “Much of that trust was simply due to the excellence in the sports I played and being one of the best athletes in everything I competed”.

Source: Judy Owen | National Post

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