Do Right Men 2008: DeMeco Ryans

HOME BASE: Houston PROFESSION: Houston Texans linebacker DOING RIGHT: Last year, Ryans started The DeMeco Ryans Foundation to help young people in Bessemer, Alabama (his hometown), and Houston by purchasing school supplies and uniforms for them. “In Bessemer, we never had any big-time role models to come and support the community,” Ryans says. “I wanted to show the kids that you can make it.”