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NFL Players Learn on the Rez, Part II


Former Pittsburgh linebacker Marv Kellum, who grew up on a farm in south central Kansas, had a heartwarming experience as a guest football camp coach on the Seneca reservation in upstate New York. He came in not knowing what to expect and left with a lasting impression. “The people I met definitely made a difference in the way I think,” said Kellum. “Whatever I might have taught them, I learned so much more from them than they’ll ever know.”

They shared some laughs. They learned from each other. Kellum gave the Seneca kids a chance to do something not a lot of people get to see when he brought out his rings from Super Bowl IX and X. “I let them see ’em, touch ’em and hold ’em. One of them asked if those are real diamonds?” he said with a laugh. “There was one kid with a Philadelphia Eagles T-shirt. I told him ‘I’ll trade you my ring for that shirt,’ and he wouldn’t do it.”



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