"NFL Characters Unite" features Arizona Cardinals 2009 Pro Bowl MVP wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain, Pittsburgh Steelers seven-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu and New York Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck. All four, who have experienced enormous success on the field, have also overcome hate and bigotry in their lives. In the documentary, the NFL stars share their own personal journeys- from Jameel McClain feeling ostracized when his family was homeless and the bullying Justin Tuck endured while trying to succeed in school, to the discrimination Larry Fitzgerald witnessed during his mother’s battle with cancer and Troy Polamalu learning to embrace his heritage and unique look. Each player helps to transform the life of a teen currently dealing with a similar situation. Through candid interviews and special one-on-one activities, these on- and off-the-field heroes help bring diverse people together, change attitudes and instill courage and compassion. (Source: USA network)
NFL Characters Unite, NFL stars share deeply personal stories of facing hardships in their lives and mentor young people in their communities who are currently struggling to fit in, deal with bullying and overcome adversity. Players featured in this year's initiative include Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams, and 2014 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion cornerback Richard Sherman and Coach Pete Carroll. Through meaningful conversations and unique one-on-one confidence building activities made possible by local YMCAs, the players encourage the kids they meet to find the character, strength, and courage to persevere and pursue their own dreams. NFL Characters Unite airs Friday, February 6th, 7/6c.