Bryan Kehl was a linebacker for the BYU Cougars who went on to play six seasons in the NFL. Kehl’s biological father also played four seasons in the NFL, but he and Bryan’s biological mother decided to give Bryan up for adoption.
Bryan posted a timely message on his Instagram account for Father’s Day that not only paid a wonderful tribute to his fathers, but also tackled the subject of division which is so apparent in our society.
Here are the poignant and powerful words from Kehl.
This Father’s Day – I honor my two Dads. One lost the chance to raise his firstborn son, against his will. The other stepped up and filled in masterfully – with all the fatherly LOVE any kid could hope for.
They will vote differently in November. They do not share the same race or religion. But this picture is when they first met. (I was 25) They shared a laugh, they shared a tear – rejoicing that they shared LOVE for a son.
In the midst of growing political, social, and racial turmoil – remember we are more alike than we are different. We share the same red blood of the human race. And so I honor my two fathers – amazing examples that LOVE conquers all bounds.
I’m so grateful for Bryan Kehl’s words. There is so much that we have in common. There is so much to be celebrated. There is so much to smile about.
Media networks and online social platforms tend to focus on our differences in an attempt to get clicks or to divide us, but we are all stronger as we reach out to each other in love and respect.
In a joint message from the NAACP and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aimed at encouraging increased racial harmony, it was said:
We also invite people of goodwill everywhere to look for ways to reach out and serve someone of a different background or race. Everyone can do something.
Prejudice, hate and discrimination are learned. Thus, we call on parents, family members, and teachers to be the first line of defense. Teaching children to love all, and find the good in others, is more crucial than ever. Oneness is not sameness in America. We must all learn to value the differences.
May we do as Bryan Kehl has done and each do something to reach out and share love and goodness.
— Bryan Kehl (@thekehlzone) June 22, 2020