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NFL Characters Unite to fight bigotry

Hines Ward, James Farrior AP

Yes, the NFL season has ended.  But there’s still plenty of football programming to be found, sometimes in unlikely places.

On Friday night, USA will air a documentary entitled NFL Characters Unite, which focuses on the efforts of four NFL figures who have endured personal challenges involving bigotry, abuse, and racism to improve the lives of four teenagers facing similar situations.

Steelers receiver Hines Ward, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, and former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy participate.  The youth whom Ward helps, Carlton Dennis, crafted a song that has been performing well on iTunes.

Tune in Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET, or set your DVRs right now.  Until then, enjoy Carlton’s song, City of Prayer, right here.

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32 Responses to “NFL Characters Unite to fight bigotry”
  1. dsimp724 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:42 AM

    Was lawrence taylor not available?

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 8, 2012 10:43 AM

    Yes, contrary to popular belief it does exist.

  3. cactusranger71 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:05 AM

    Yes, NFL, we know bigotry exists. How about a documentary about athletes who overcome a disease, handicap, or having Rex Ryan as their coach? Those would be more interesting. Another “Hey, America, you have a long history of bigotry and racism” show? I’ll pass. I already got that memo.

  4. granadafan says: Feb 8, 2012 11:32 AM

    Their target audience should be the Tea Party.

  5. kidpresentable says: Feb 8, 2012 11:33 AM

    I’m sure the program will do its due diligence and question Dungy about his intolerance in regards to denying certain consenting adults the ability to marry.

  6. ravenfan820 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:35 AM

    Did Hines hit anyone who wasn’t looking during the filming of the program?

  7. 3octaveFart says: Feb 8, 2012 11:38 AM

    This would include most of the Teapublican party…
    While it may be true that not all Republicans are bigots, there’s little debate that most bigots are Republicans…

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 8, 2012 11:39 AM

    Wow kidpresentable just blasted coach D and exposed a wide spread hypocracy that’s prevelent in one community. Torched.

  9. klunge says: Feb 8, 2012 11:47 AM

    If Tom Coughlin can tolerate being embraced by Flavor Flav, surely the rest of us can all somehow manage to get along!

  10. bunkmcnulty says: Feb 8, 2012 11:51 AM

    @3Octave
    Probably the only time (and probably the last) that I have agreed with you.

  11. neilpountney says: Feb 8, 2012 11:54 AM

    So let me get this straight to promote unity and harmony you choose 4 athletes from one side of the discussion and non from the other…and you wonder why bigotry exists!!!

  12. xofootballer says: Feb 8, 2012 11:56 AM

    So comforting that a bunch of Obama voters get together. And completely ignore the anti-gay culture in NFL locker rooms. Preaching to anyone other than themselves about ‘racism’. Meanwhile turn the other cheek to anti-gay slurs and rampant problems that appear too taboo to address.
    So put the racism charges in your pocket until you are ready to empty your pockets of all discrimination.
    You open the can of worms, don’t get upset when some point out other problems.
    You want to be saints – go to New Orleans, address all problems including the anti-gay culture, or shut the hell up.

  13. thraiderskin says: Feb 8, 2012 12:07 PM

    There is a very wide-range to what is bigotry, to point to one certain aspect of America seems to indeed be a bigotted statement in itself. To some, “bigotry” is stating fact even when it hurts someone’s feeling, but to be honest everyone is a bigot in one form or another. So while I appreciate the Lefts attempt to manipulate a word (what a surprise), to there own benefit, I would bet I could find something about ANYONE that is bigotted in nature.

    big·ot·ry
    [big-uh-tree] Show IPA
    noun, plural -ries.
    1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.
    2. the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.

  14. keeponhating says: Feb 8, 2012 12:16 PM

    Racism is a deep rooted problem. The program will not appeal to racists. Btw its no less racist when an African American say things like “white people can’t dance” its a stereotype anyway you slice it. Oh and my dear misinformed liberal friends, if your definition of racism is actually believing in the constitution then yes teapartiers are in fact racist. If you aren’t going to change the channel once in awhile could you at least be objective about the stuff the media is force feeding you?

  15. rc33 says: Feb 8, 2012 12:28 PM

    3octaveFart says: Feb 8, 2012 11:38 AM

    This would include most of the Teapublican party…
    While it may be true that not all Republicans are bigots, there’s little debate that most bigots are Republicans…
    ————————————–
    I’m gonna guess no one takes 3octave’s political observations seriously.
    Just a guess on my part.

  16. ruvelligwebuike says: Feb 8, 2012 1:05 PM

    Why don’t they put Bill Cosby on there? He’s got some interesting things to say about race in this country. Although, his takes are 100% truth and the mainstream media and our government hate that.

  17. TxGrown says: Feb 8, 2012 1:42 PM

    3octaveFart says:……
    ———————————————————————-
    We know from what end he speaks from….his brain is probably located there as well.

  18. trollaikman8 says: Feb 8, 2012 1:43 PM

    Let’s get Tony Dungy’s take.

  19. hatesycophants says: Feb 8, 2012 1:46 PM

    @neilpountney,

    Which bigots would you recommend to represent the “other side” of an anti-bigotry campaign?

  20. downsouth49er says: Feb 8, 2012 1:51 PM

    @xofootballer , how do you know the guys getting together are Obama supporters? Even if they are, what does politics have to do with this? It’s ppl like you who are so miserable in life that you blame others for everything. If you’re gay and you want to see some kind of change in the NFL towards gays, then by all means you begin the movement. Don’t blame the president or any other politician because afterall, everyone in the NFL are grown men and should be able to handle coming out of the closet just like others in society does.

  21. raqaiw says: Feb 8, 2012 1:53 PM

    neilpountney says: Feb 8, 2012 11:54 AM

    So let me get this straight to promote unity and harmony you choose 4 athletes from one side of the discussion and non from the other…and you wonder why bigotry exists!!!
    _____________________________________

    Ward,Graham, and Gonzalez are all of mixed parentage, hence their “unique” perspective. Not sure about Dungy. Also getting a bunch of non-white athletes together to talk about bigotry is akin to getting a bunch of rape victims together to talk about abuse. Not alot of folks would want to listen to the rapists,except people from Pittsburgh.

  22. hedleykow says: Feb 8, 2012 2:01 PM

    Looks like their is some sensitivity about this topic in many of the comments above.

    How can any sane person in this country object to an effort to expose bigotry for what it is?

    It gives me a headache to try and think like that. What a sucky life it must be for some of you.

  23. bleed4philly says: Feb 8, 2012 2:42 PM

    Who are they going after? Skip Bayless? Colin Cowherd?

  24. vtopa says: Feb 8, 2012 3:06 PM

    They can use Newt Gingrich as a tackling dummy.

  25. godzilla111111 says: Feb 8, 2012 3:42 PM

    Discussion on racism? Good idea.

    First let’s review the FBI violent crime statistics for black on white crime vs. white on black crime.

    Now we can have an informed discussion.

  26. rodgers419 says: Feb 8, 2012 4:50 PM

    The nutty right wingers aren’t going to like this very much. Haven’t you heard? White male Christians are the most oppressed group in America! wahhhh

  27. Deb says: Feb 8, 2012 6:06 PM

    godzilla111111 says:

    Discussion on racism? Good idea.

    First let’s review the FBI violent crime statistics for black on white crime vs. white on black crime.

    Now we can have an informed discussion.
    ————————————————-
    That seemed like a good idea, so I did. According to the most recent available statistics from FBI.gov, in 2010 69.8 percent of racially motivated hate crimes were anti-black, and 18.2 percent were anti-white.

    Are you ready to start that informed discussion?

  28. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 8, 2012 8:08 PM

    Deb says:
    Feb 8, 2012 6:06 PM
    godzilla111111 says:

    Discussion on racism? Good idea.

    First let’s review the FBI violent crime statistics for black on white crime vs. white on black crime.

    Now we can have an informed discussion.
    ————————————————-
    That seemed like a good idea, so I did. According to the most recent available statistics from FBI.gov, in 2010 69.8 percent of racially motivated hate crimes were anti-black, and 18.2 percent were anti-white.

    Are you ready to start that informed discussion?

    _______________________________

    @ Godzilla…why don’t you review the research before you ask someone else?

    @Deb got the right info. I think you were just looking for crimes black people committed against white and viceversa not considering if they were racially motivated or not.

  29. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 8, 2012 8:10 PM

    This discussion needs to happen for EVERYBODY not just black on white. Especially when you got kids out there trying to lynch other kids and kids in money suits running onto the court screaming racial slurs at an opposing team. (actual recent news stories)

    We need to teach these young people.

  30. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 8, 2012 8:36 PM

    cactusranger71 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:05 AM

    Yes, NFL, we know bigotry exists. How about a documentary about athletes who overcome a disease, handicap, or having Rex Ryan as their coach? Those would be more interesting. Another “Hey, America, you have a long history of bigotry and racism” show? I’ll pass. I already got that memo.

    _________________________

    This is why its needed. Because people don’t watch it and then do exactly what the show is about and look around like “O, I didn’t know that was racist.”

  31. godzilla111111 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    odzilla111111 says:

    Discussion on racism? Good idea.

    First let’s review the FBI violent crime statistics for black on white crime vs. white on black crime.

    Now we can have an informed discussion.
    ————————————————-
    That seemed like a good idea, so I did. According to the most recent available statistics from FBI.gov, in 2010 69.8 percent of racially motivated hate crimes were anti-black, and 18.2 percent were anti-white.

    Are you ready to start that informed discussion?

    YES I AM. First of all virtually no black on white crime is labeled a “hate crime”. That is so non PC. Google Knoxville 4 for instance.

    Disregarding a label (hate crimes) I did not use in my post and which is applied subjectively after the fact and instead checking the FBI stats for “violent crimes” (which requires no subjective labeling) you will sing a different tune.

    Blacks proportionately (do you understand the meaning in this context?) commit 6 times as many violent crimes as whites do.

    Denial is not a river in Egypt.

  32. Deb says: Feb 9, 2012 6:46 PM

    godzilla11111 …

    Yes, I’m well aware that I didn’t use the statistics you mentioned. That’s because they weren’t applicable. This article is about bigotry–do you understand the meaning in this context? So hate crimes are more relevant to the subject than violent crimes in general. If you want to go with violent crimes in general, the higher number of those crimes committed by blacks are not “black on white” crimes as you stated. They are predominately black-on-black crimes. However, racially motivated crimes–which would be relevant to this article–are more likely to be committed by whites against blacks by a ratio of nearly four to one. Perhaps you should actually read the FBI statistics instead of just referencing them for effect.

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