Last year, a group of NFL players and former coach Tony Dungy used personal challenges involving bigotry, abuse, and racism to help improve the lives of four teenagers facing similar situations.
This year, NFL Characters Unite returns, with a new group of players. Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck, Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu share their own personal stories and help a child or teen facing similar challenges and adversity.
McClain felt ostracized when his family was homeless, Tuck endured bullying (go ahead and bully him now), Fitzgerald witnessed discrimination during his mother’s battle with cancer, and Polamalu learned to embrace his heritage and unique appearance.
The show debuts tonight at 7:00 p.m. on USA Network, as part of its Characters Unite Month. With the Northeast united in weathering a snowstorm, get settled on the couch and dial up USA and getting ready to see a quartet of football stars use their fame for something positive.