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Mills displays big heart on and off gridiron

Written by Mike Beasley


Jesse Mills definitely wears his heart on his sleeve but also under his eyes, the inside of his left bicep and around the same wrist.

Several years ago Mills started the ritual of putting Heb (Hebrews) 12:1 in eye black under his right eye and the inscription WWSD under the left one whenever he hit the field for a game.

In September, Mills continued the visual statement as a quarterback with the resurrected Carleton Ravens football program.

Hebrew 12:1 is a bible passage that states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race, God has set before us.”

“My mom was a Sunday school teacher, so the bible was always preached to me,” Mills said.

“This particular passage always stuck out because I feel that it’s very relevant to my lifestyle and how I view myself playing football. For me it focuses on perseverance in life in general and on the playing field.”

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native also has the message tattooed on the inside of his upper left arm.

The abbreviation WWSD stands for “What Would Sheila Do” in honour of Mills’ childhood friend’s mom who passed away from breast cancer when they were both in elementary school.

“A bunch of us decided to make green bracelets with WWSD on it to honour my friend Andrew’s mom. I’ve been wearing it ever since,” Mills explained.

Mills went a step further by putting both markings under his eyes while going undefeated in all of his starts at Citadel High School in Halifax.

“Those two things mean a lot to me. I truly believe that it brings me good luck but more importantly helps support my good buddy back home who knows I wear them every game.”