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Hero Profile: Tiger Woods

Here is a profile of golfer Tiger Woods, with comments and my rating on five characteristics of a sporting hero. You can also give your rating for Tiger Woods using the same criteria.

skill Tiger is the number one golfer in the world, and is considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time. He is the winner of 14 Majors (as of Dec 09). 4.5
character Tiger sometimes comes across as arrogant. His response to the accusations of adultery have subsequently shown him to deceptive and a liar, though this may have been to protect those closer to him. He apparently has been using some of his wealth to buy silence and clear his name. 1.5
family Until his long term adulterous behavior became public knowledge, he was considered a good family man. It seems like he has been involved in at least a couple affairs during his marriage to Elin Nordegren. 1
charity work He was the highest-paid professional athlete in 2008, having earned an estimated $110 million from winnings and endorsements. He puts some of that back into the community, particularly for disadvantaged minority groups and the sport of golf, both close to his heart. The Tiger Woods Foundation was established in 1996 by Woods and his father Earl, created to provide minority participation in golf and related activities. 3
popular culture Although golf is not a mainstream sport, it has a lot of followers and participants. Tiger has crossed over the mainstream interest with his dominance in the sport at a young age, and for also being black in a predominantly white person's sport. 3.5
hero rating Tiger Woods may still be a hero to some people, but to many he is clearly no longer deserving of being seen as a role model or a hero after his very public airing of his adulterous behavior in late 2009. As one commentator said, "He has needlessly squandered his unique potential to be a positive force in the world as he has now been outed as a serial adulterer, a liar, and a selfish coward." If he had been open from the start and admitted his 'transgressions', and vowed to make amends, most people would have forgiven him, and seen it as a positive characteristic to be human. We all make mistakes in our lives, but it is those who own up to them and be stronger for them that should be given another chance. 54%
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