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    Great article on Carson Palmer in today's Enquirer

    By Mark Curnutte
    Enquirer staff writer



    The Enquirer/Michael E. Keating

    Quarterback Carson Palmer and offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski.


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    Carson Palmer, like many professional athletes before him who came from other states, now feels at home in Cincinnati.

    The third-year Bengals quarterback, preparing for his second year as the starter, is comfortable living in Cincinnati and is looking forward to expanding his charitable contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati.

    He will host the second annual Carson Palmer Foundation Golf Classic June 20 to benefit the organization dedicated to helping children. The event will be at the Heritage Club in Mason.

    The golf tournament and related events last year raised more than $100,000 for the local boys and girls clubs. Palmer said he hopes to present more money this year.

    "My wife and I came from great families with two parents. We were fortunate to come from great homes," Palmer said of his wife, Shaelyn, a former University of Southern California classmate. "Trying to help kids is where we wanted to put our time and energy."

    In his native Orange County, Calif., the Palmers sponsored the Carson Palmer Open to raise money for Hillview Acres, a shelter for abused and underprivileged children. His second annual golf event for Hillview Acres will be July 18 at Dana Point, Calif.

    Before the Open there in 2004, Palmer and his wife hosted the home's 40 children at a local restaurant for lunch. Palmer signed autographs and gave each child a pair of Nike shoes.

    During Thanksgiving in Cincinnati in 2003 - his rookie season - the Palmers participated in the Feed the Children program at a local church. They helped unload food and other items for needy families. They were so touched by the experience that last year they bought a blanket for each family.

    "Not that many people are in this situation (with the wealth and position) to do these things," said Palmer, who could earn up to $49 million over the life of his seven-year contract. "Because of the spot I'm in, I can put my name on a golf tournament and raise money. I can use that for the benefit of other people."

    The Palmers visited the LeBlond Boys & Girls Club in Over-the-Rhine.

    "We went up there to hang out," he said. "I'd like to eventually reach the point where we could put in a new cafeteria and a new playground.

    "It feels great to help. But you feel like you're not doing enough. I couldn't even begin to repay any person or group of people or an organization for what I've been given."

    Palmer and former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason talked last week at coach Marvin Lewis' golf tournament.

    "I was talking to Boomer the other day, and he told me about donating $5 million in an untaxed check (for cystic fibrosis research)," Palmer said. "That's in a whole different league. Hopefully, one day that whole boys club can be new."

    Palmer is invested emotionally in Cincinnati. He said the week he signed his rookie contract in April 2003 that the Midwest fit his personality.

    "This is home," said Palmer, who spends all but a couple of months of the year in Greater Cincinnati. "I lived in California my whole life, but Cincinnati is home. I have my lunch spots. I have a trail to hike with my dog. I have three great fishing spots.

    "It's easy to feel comfortable here."


    What a class act. I reckon he's a keeper. It's nice to actually see athletes wanting to come and live in Cincinnati now. Maybe the Reds could turn a deal for him for help at the all-star break. He's got a good arm, you think he's got any good offspeed?

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    Re: Great article on Carson Palmer in today's Enquirer

    What a class act. I reckon he's a keeper. It's nice to actually see athletes wanting to come and live in Cincinnati now. Maybe the Reds could turn a deal for him for help at the all-star break. He's got a good arm, you think he's got any good offspeed?
    Ha yeah I agree

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    Re: Great article on Carson Palmer in today's Enquirer

    Pro football players are much more likely to live full-time in the city that they play. Training camp, which starts a month before the regular season, is held locally. Then you have the voluntary and involuntary mini-camps and conditioning programs, usually held at the team's stadium or workout facility. And the players come in year-round to lift and do other things.

    Baseball players, OTOH, usually are only in town during the season -- particularly if it's a cold weather city. Baseball players aren't going to want to spend too much time in Cincinnati (or Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit or Minnesota etc.) from November-February. They can afford their golf course homes in Orlando or Phoenix and can usually stay there during the February/March spring training period. Also, baseball players are much more likely to jump from team to team during all points in their career, where football players stay put. So Joe Randa and isn't going to want to buy a house in Cincinnati when they probably won't be here very long. And Latin players, who comprise a huge portion of MLB rosters, are going to return to their native lands after the season anyway.
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    I love the guy. Carson is my fav. Bengals QB since Boomer (which was the last real QB the Bengals had).


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