“Trust men and they will be true to you; trust them greatly and they will show themselves great.”
—RALPH WALDO EMERSON
By mid-November in Minnesota, the early morning temperature drops below freezing, and Sunday, November 17, 2002, was no exception. After two winters in Green Bay, the cold weather didn’t stop Mike Sherman from taking a brisk walk in downtown Minneapolis. The Packers’ head coach wanted some quiet time by himself before the Packers-Vikings game that afternoon. Having won seven consecutive games and 8-1 for the season, Sherman was thinking, “Life is good.”
On his way back to the hotel, he passed a homeless man. Without hesitation, Sherman approached him and handed him a few dollars.
“Here, take this,” ...