Former Garfield HS and Cowboys star talks to kids about leadership
Joe Patten teaches a course at Monmouth University called The American Congress. It includes a model Congress, in which students assume the roles of current senators and try to pass legislation.
This past fall semester a particularly gifted student portrayed New Jersey’s Cory Booker with a knack for filibustering and a passion for criminal justice reform. He proposed an ambitious bill to expunge certain first-time offenses, like drug possession, to afford those with an otherwise clean record a better chance at employment.
“It was something I really believed in,” Miles Austin said. “It would be a great way to get people back on their feet.”
Yes, that Miles Austin. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, a two-time Pro Bowler who spent 10 years in the NFL, including brief stints with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, returned to Monmouth University and earned his degree in history (with a focus on political science). The 34-year-old completed a year’s worth of credits and did it the old-fashioned way — in the classroom, elbow-to-elbow with…