BATON ROUGE - Former LSU running back and Super Bowl champion Joseph Addai returned Thursday to host "Super" Bowling with Joseph Addai and Friends, an event benefitting Heritage Ranch Christian Children's Home.
Heritage Ranch is a non-profit that uses a Life Skills program along with mentoring and service learning to impact children in crisis. Addai learned about the organization through his financial advisor and viewed it as a way to make a positive impact on local kids.
"The biggest thing is just giving back to the kids," he said. "It's really simple - the kids look for somebody to look up to and I feel like it's our job to do that and reach out to them."
The fundraiser was held at Metro Bowl and included a demonstration from PBA professional bowler and Louisiana native Stevie Weber. Additionally, there were live and silent auctions to go along with the bowling.
Addai joked that he may have found a new calling once his football career comes to an end.
"I always say that whenever I'm done with football I want to get into bowling," he said. "I really like bowling because whether you're old or young, men or women - you can compete and be equal. I love it and enjoy it every time I go."
The Indianapolis Colts running back was joined by many of his former teammates, including Corey Webster, Early Doucet, Tyson Jackson, and Marcus Randall. Also present were former LSU basketball stars Ricky Blanton and Rudy Macklin and football head coach Les Miles, who commended Addai for his willingness to help others.
"He's always had a passion for those that are less privileged than he," Miles said. "I want to support his efforts to enrich young people's lives. The great player is raised above the crowd by being a great person. It's the combination of both that is the rare exception. There are a lot of guys that are really good players, but very few that are great people as well."
Doucet, who played in Super Bowl XLIII with the Arizona Cardinals, noted that many of the former Tigers make efforts to help those less fortunate.
"It's something that's very influential to us because we might inspire them to be something special whenever they get older," he said. "Coming back and being part of this event is really important for us to do."
One of the highlights of the night came from East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, who proclaimed July 8 as "Joseph Addai Day" and named him as an honorary Mayor-President of the parish.
Addai said he wants to continue his work with Heritage Ranch, but hasn't looked into expanding the event.
"Our mindset is just to continue making the kids the focal point," he said. "I think if we do that, the charity work will grow."