FERNDALE, Mich. (WJBK) - As the Lions gear up for another big game, some players are tackling a big issue for youngsters off the field.
Marvin Jones has plenty of experience getting into the end zone, but on Tuesday the Lions wide out and some his teammates entered the anti-bullying zone.
"It's all about spreading love and spreading positivity," he said. You can learn that at an early age and it's our job as grownups to teach these kids the right way to talk to people and what not to say."
Ninety students at Ferndale Elementary took park in the first Real Players Don't Bully pep rally, an anti-bullying campaign launched by Playworks. It included games and healthy activities.
"Treating people with respect and having kindness to others is something big and I feel like that's something that our world needs," said cornerback Nevin Lawson.
Defense lineman George Johnson says it is simple - treat people the way you want to be treated.
"The central part of bullying is you're picking on something that's different from you and everybody's different in every single way," he said.
Tight end Darren Fells echoed, saying the message is clear - don't bully.
"Not do actions hurt, but words can hurt as well," he said. "Growing up I was bullied quite a bit for my weight. I was a little bit chubbier as a younger kid. I always got picked on because of that. I actually got beat up a couple of times."
To learn more about the Real Players Don't Bully campaign, click here.
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