I have always felt that one of the recurring gifts of teaching was hearing from or about former students who were successful (I even taught and coached with a few). I got a bit of that feeling Sunday morning when I was thumbing through the USA Weekend insert in our Sunday paper and Spotted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ #34 at the top of a page. In my school, we all knew Rashard Mendenhall was destined for the big time after his first varsity season as a sophomore. And I was fortunate enough to also see his creative side whenever he came into my multimedia lab to work on a video project for a class. What I learned in Sunday morning’s paper is that Rashard (along with a few other prominent athletes) is also a poet and he plans on writing a book. With all the negative publicity pro athletes manage to generate, it’s great to see the positive, less sensational side get some press – especially when it’s someone you know.