NEWARK, New Jersey -- There's no doubt many kababayans will be cheering for the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Douglas DeWayne Baldwin Jr. is a Filipino-American football wide receiver for the Seahawks.
Born in Gulf Breeze, Florida to a Filipino grandmother from Tacloban, Leyte in the Philippines, Baldwin is a quarter Filipino.
Balwin made the news when he carried an upside down Philippine flag at a National Football League match against the Minnesota Vikings to honor the victims of super typhoon Yolanda last November.
“Obviously when the typhoon hit, her family was impacted, everybody's safe tough,” Baldwin said of his grandmother. “I wanted to do something kind of to lift their spirits and lift the spirits of Philippines in general, i thought carrying the flag would be a nice gesture.”
Badlwin led the Standford Cardinals in receiving yards and touchdowns, and he is hoping to do the same this Sunday.
But the 25-year-old wide receiver, who went undrafted out of Stanford, says he plays with a chip on his shoulder, having been signed up for the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted agent.
‘It's not a chip, it's a boulder; no, it doesn't go away, because you will be continuing to doubt whether it's about me or about my team mates… so that adds motivation to the boulder. It's not so much to prove others wrong but it's more proving ourselves right,” he said.
From Gulf Breeze High School to Standford Cardinals star football player, Baldwin said he is living his American dream right now playing at the XLVIII Superbowl this Sunday.
“It means a lot obviously, it's been a dream of mine since I put on pads to play football so to be here now to be able to experience this moment, enjoy the game of football at the highest level, it means the world to me, but my family gets to enjoy it as well... It's an unbelievable ride for us,” he said.
Baldwin said he may never have stepped foot on his lola's country of birth --- but he thanks her for keeping him connected to his Filipinos roots.
He added that he plans to visit the Philippines in the near future when his grandmother would be able to take him.
“Much love to the Philippines, my Filipino family,” said Baldwin. “God bless.”