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  • August 28, 2014

NFL Players Battle Bullying in USA Network Doc

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The toughest guys in the football league teach kids how to face hard knocks in “NFL Characters Unite,” with New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich telling THR how the experience impacted him.

The Jonathan Martin scandal proved that even football players can be the victims of bullying, and now some of the toughest guys in the NFL are making a stand for kids facing similar challenges in a new USA Network documentary.

Like the Miami Dolphins offensive tackle, many of them have faced prejudice, bullying and discrimination in their past, and open up about it in NFL Characters Unite, which airs on Friday to kickoff Super Bowl weekend.

Among the players who take on the tough subject head on and teamed up with bullied youths for confidence building drills both on- and off-the-field are Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, New York Jets center Nick Mangold, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

New York Giants linebacker and cancer survivor Mark Herzlich talked to The Hollywood Reporter in an interview revealing how he was paired with a 12-year-old cerebral palsy victim, Elijah Williams, who gets bullied because he can’t walk properly.

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