Super Bowl Champion Michael Clayton inspires at-risk youth

“Face your fears and greatness is on the other side.”

It was one of many powerful messages former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Super Bowl champion Michael Clayton delivered to at-risk youth residing in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties on May 2.

The participants, ages 11-21, are enrolled in Eckerd Kids Project Bridge program, which assists young men and women on juvenile probation as they transition back into the community.

Clayton, a dedicated monitor, spoke to the group about overcoming adversity, the importance of standing by your principals, and what it means to be a man.

“I think it really made an impact,” said Transition Coordinator Marvin Mouzon. “The youth could relate to what Michael had to overcome at such a young age.”

The room was quiet as they listen to his words, but all eyes remained focused on Clayton as he discussed his most defining moments: like being a 7-year-old boy faced with tackling the biggest kid on the football team, or being released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leading to a short stint with the UFL.

“It was straight,” said a 15-year-old participant. “I liked it. I am going to Google Michael Clayton when I get home.”

The May 2nd discussion was hosted at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.


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