Ovie Mughelli named world’s No. 2 Eco-Athlete

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli (34) celebrates with teammate Sam Baker (72) after his second quarter touchdown against Tampa Bay. AP

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli (34) celebrates with teammate Sam Baker (72) after his second quarter touchdown against Tampa Bay. AP

BIRDLAND — Falcons Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli has been rated the No. 2 Eco-Athlete in the World, according to Planet Green.com.

He was beaten out by race car driver Leilani Munter, who fights for clean, renewable biofuels in the racing industry.

Mughelli was cited for his work in helping the youth of Atlanta and Charleston tackle green issues. His foundation — The

Race car driver Leilani Munter.

Race car driver Leilani Munter.

Ovie Mughelli Foundation — provides football training camps. But once in the camp, Mughelli tries to educate the campers about the environment and recycling.

Next week, March 25-27, Mughelli will take part in Portland, Oregon’s  fourth annual Better Living Show at the Portland Expo Center, the Northwest’s largest sustainable lifestyle event.

New to the show this year, Mughelli will challenge kids through his signature “Recycle on the Run” game on Friday and Saturday at the show.

This game is intelligently designed to mentally and physically challenge youth while educating them on the importance of recycling and teaching them facts about the environment.  Additionally, participants will receive handouts, photo opportunities as well as autograph sessions.

“With my status as an NFL player, I have the ability to motivate and set an example to being good environmental stewards,” Mughelli said.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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19 comments Add your comment

Unca' Bob

March 16th, 2011
10:12 am

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Don

March 16th, 2011
10:37 am

Let me get this right, the world’s number one “Eco-Athlete” burns fossil fuels for a living. I guess if you destroy the environment while campaining for reform you are a hero. Okeley-dokeley.

SeenThisB4

March 16th, 2011
12:37 pm

Congrats. In fact, the entire falcan’t team should have won this award. After all, both their offensive and defensives schemes are nothing more than mere re-cycled high-school level attacks, and they do commute in their little yellow school buses as a team. So, kudos!

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 16th, 2011
12:41 pm

Lost post – Blog Monster active??

phil

March 16th, 2011
12:42 pm

Great. This will help immensely in the pursuit of a super bowl title. Oh wait. They all quit on us. To heck with em all….

Coach Dooley

March 16th, 2011
1:37 pm

He’s number 2- he’s number 2!!!!!

FeltHerSnatch

March 16th, 2011
1:46 pm

WELL AT LEAST HE IS RECYCLING BUT PEOPLE WNT RECYCLE UNTIL ITS TOO LATE!!! ALL THESE EARTHQUAKES, HURRICANES, FLOODS AND TORNADOS PREPARE 4 THE WORLD TO END!!!!!!!!!!!!

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

March 16th, 2011
2:28 pm

Yeah, Don;
Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it! Munter’s monetary contribution to planetgreen must have been significantly larger. She does win my vote for “Exo(-tic)-athelete, however!

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

March 16th, 2011
2:29 pm

Where is spell-check when you need it?

robert

March 16th, 2011
4:25 pm

i love ovie, a former porter goud star.

Jeremy Knipe

March 16th, 2011
4:43 pm

Atlanta, Always a bridesmaid, Never a bride.

Stephen

March 16th, 2011
5:28 pm

Well technically don, by getting car racing to switch to biofuels, she’d be taking a massive amount of CO2s from the atmosphere that would otherwise be there. I guess short of trying to ban the sport outright, she’s making a decent difference. Good for Ovie though, nice to see professional athletes care about larger issues than the sport they play!

Don

March 16th, 2011
5:56 pm

RESIGN OR RESIGN? – She’s not too shabby.
Stephen – Wouldn’t she be a more effective model/spokesperson for the environment if she retierd from racing completely and then campaigned for more bio-friendly fuels?

RESIGN OR RESIGN?

March 16th, 2011
6:29 pm

Agreed; Don
Stephen:
Yeah; I’m sure we’d all love to see a drag race between two rails running 100% ethanol! They wouldn’t be able to even run 1/4 mile!

Anita Hahnjob

March 16th, 2011
7:24 pm

Eco friendly dolphin free tuna surprise in the driver seat! That’s what Daddy likes.

Brian's Song & Dance

March 17th, 2011
7:02 am

Way to go, Ovie!!!!

This fellow Deacon is really proud.

Trooper Taylor's Backwards Hat

March 17th, 2011
9:20 am

Possibly the lamest category to be ranked in. I love Ovie, but “going green” is lame.

Bring it liberals…

PaulieOldSchool

March 17th, 2011
10:07 am

Congratulations, Ovie! That is great news and you should be very proud. The Falcons should be very proud to have one of their players working so hard on an issue vital to our future.

Falcon Fanatic

March 19th, 2011
12:55 pm

LOL @ SeenThisB4. Your team’s only claim to fame is the first pick draft this year. Have fun with that loser.