Noblesse Oblige

This is my newest tattoo. It’s a French phrase that literally translates to “nobility obliges”. In modern culture it has come to mean that anyone who is given skills, gifts, opportunities, favorable circumstances, etc., has an obligation to use them for the greater good.

I’ve been through some hard times in my 24 years, but I know there are a lot of people much worse off than me. Having these words on my arm is a constant reminder that I shouldn’t take things for granted or abuse my privileges. I should strive to fulfill my potential in the best possible way.

Lately the tattoo has taken on a slightly different meaning for me. The past 10 days in training camp have been tough—physically, but mostly mentally. I want so badly to make the team that the stress and fear of failure can be overwhelming. But whenever I’m feeling sorry for myself I can look at my arm, and I’m reminded that I have an opportunity that most people don’t get. Many young football players fantasize about being in my position. In fact, playing in the NFL has been my dream for as long as I can remember. So I should be grateful to even be here and make the most of this opportunity. I want—and am obliged to—give it my all.

Noblesse Oblige.


~ by izikoosumohdum on August 6, 2011.

3 Responses to “Noblesse Oblige”

  1. If you make the team I promise I’ll buy your jersey and wear it proudly.
    You’re a great role model. My little brother and I support you all the way. :D

  2. Hola Isaac!

    I am Eli Kelley’s uncle and have followed your entire UMD career, albeit from afar, as we live in Mx. Just want to let you know that all you need to do is keep the faith. You have too much ability and strength of purpose to not succeed. We fully expect to see you on the opening day roster.


  3. Fantastic site. Plenty of useful information here. I’m sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thank you to your effort!

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