The magazine Playboy wanted to include him in its issue introducing the All-American team. He said, “No.” He said that he is a Christian and did not want to appear in a magazine that presents photographs of nude women.
Playboy insisted that everything would be presented tastefully and above board. There would be no bunnies involved. It would be a first-class operation. Still, Hamilton said, “It was a hard decision. It just came down to something I didn’t want to be associated with. I’ve seen the magazine and I know what it’s about. It’s not something I want to be a part of.”
He has requested that he not be a part of the group picture and that his name not even be mentioned in the magazine. He has received a lot of criticism, but has also received a lot of praise for standing up for what he believes to be right. His coach, Glen Mason, supported his decision and said, “He has unquestionable character.”
Ben Hamilton has now played for the NFL’s Denver Bronco’s for the past four years. I believe it is good to see a young man stand up for what he believes is right. It is also good to see a positive role model for young people and adults alike. Anybody can simply reflect the culture – I applaud a boy who can play and not be a playboy (Matthew 7:16)!