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Matthew McConaughey and 49ers Pump Up Area Kids

Dude actor and 49ers players pop in on kids in East Palo Alto.



    Matthew McConaughey and 49ers Pump Up Area Kids
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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camila Alves look on during Game One of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on October 28, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matthew McConaughey;Camila Alves

    You might be pretty dazed and confused if you had the opportunity to run some actual football drills with actor Matthew McConaughey and Pro Bowl superstars of the San Francisco 49ers.

    But that's exactly what more than 200 kids in East Palo Alto got to do Tuesday, when the hunky actor and six 49ers came in and ran an afterschool practice for them.

    The event was an NFL Play 60 effort, attended by Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis and four other 49ers.

    "Sometimes it’s the small things that you do that you get the most blessings from,” Patrick Willis told “Coming here and doing something like this on our day off means a lot to these kids and makes a difference in their lives.”

    As Matthew McConaughey gets older, the kids aren't getting any less obese. McConaughey became involved through his advocacy efforts of his own j.k. livin Foundation, a non-profit promoting fitness for inner city youth.

    NFL Play 60 is also an outreach program targeting childhood obesity.

    Matthew McConaughey is no stranger to football. He's shows up regularly at University of Texas football games, and once did a bad movie with Terry Bradshaw.

    McConaughey deserves to be commended for doing outreach work in an at-risk community. Be aware, however, that they say he's a Redskins fan.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks that if the NFL is so worried about childhood obesity than maybe they shouldn't do so much advertising business with McDonald's.