TV Spotlight: Charlie Ebersol and the NFL are collaborating on the 4th annual anti-bullying documentary “NFL Characters Unite,” which follows NFL stars as they share their deeply personal stories of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination as mentors to kids who are facing similar challenges.
This year’s documentary will feature 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.
About “NFL Characters Unite”
The yearly special, “NFL Characters Unite” profiles NFL stars who have faced difficult life challenges, including Mario Williams nearly sidelining his football career after losing a loved one in the war in Iraq; Darren Sproles’ battle to conquer a debilitating stutter; Jamaal Charles’ struggle to be a man without a father in his life; and Richard Sherman’s fight to escape gang violence. Each player mentors a young person in his community who is currently struggling to fit in, deal with bullying and overcome adversity. By sharing their stories and engaging in confidence-building activities coordinated through local YMCAs, the players encourage the kids to find the character, strength and courage to persevere and pursue their own dreams.
“NFL Characters Unite” Trailer
Richard Sherman talks with Tevin on “NFL Characters Unite,” airing on Feb. 6 at 7 PM on USA
Mario Williams paints with Sophia on “NFL Characters Unite,” airing on Feb. 6 at 7 PM on USA
Jamaal Charles meets Martinous on “NFL Characters Unite,” airing on Feb. 6 at 7 PM on USA
Darren Sproles presents his project with Sheila on “NFL Characters Unite,” airing on Feb. 6 at 7 PM on USA