NFL players do not seem to do too many good things today. From domestic abuse to illegal drug use to deflating footballs, it is almost difficult to look at them as role models.
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is one of those guys that breaks that stigma. As seen on CBS 2 in New York and heard in a public service announcement on ESPN Radio New York during the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, the star wide receiver is teaming up with STOMP Out Bullying to fight for an end to what has become an ongoing problem in America in recent years. It is actually sad that no one is talking about this especially with the black eye the NFL has suffered in the past year and change.
Already a celebrity outside of football with a very positive image, Decker is just the guy STOMP Out Bullying has been looking for to help get their message out. STOMP Out Bullying CEO Ross Ellis sees this partnership as an excellent opportunity to move closer to making every social environment better for young people every where. "By starting conversations about the impact of bullying and having role models like Eric Decker take a stand against it, we are one step closer to putting an end to all forms of bullying and keeping our kids and teens safe," said Ellis.
Jets president Neil Glat is honored to have a player from his organization serve as the voice for a great cause and is optimistic that Decker and STOMP Out Bullying can achieve a victory bigger than winning the Super Bowl. "We hope that schools will take advantage of these powerful educational resources to help create more open, inclusive school environments where no child has to live with the devastating impact of bullying," stated Glat.
Decker joins a pretty darn good list of celebrities that have partnered up with the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization that includes Demi Lovato, Debra Messing, and Michael Strahan. Teachers and principals in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area can do their part to help out by registering for a free bullying prevention toolkit.
The Jets have posted the PSA on their team website for everyone to see which includes the alarming statistics of what both sides are looking to put an end to. Let us all take a minute to commend Eric Decker and thank him for being a positive role model for everyone. Why he is not getting more praise for this is baffling.Tags: Eric Decker, Football, Neil Glat, New York, New York Jets, NFL