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Team Not For Sale Welcomes First NFL Player

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As talk of the 2014 NFL Draft dies down, we have some exciting news about a top draft pick of our own.

For more than four years, Team Not For Sale has activated MLB players across the United States in the movement against human trafficking. This year, we plan to expand into even more leagues, and today we’re thrilled to announce our first NFL player, San Diego Chargers safety Darrell Stuckey.

A special teams all-star, Stuckey led the NFL with six punts downed inside the 20 in 2012, and tied for the team lead in back-to-back seasons with 12 special teams stops. In 2013, he was named the Special Teams Player of the Year and special teams captain for the second year in a row with the Chargers. He’s looking forward to his fifth season in San Diego.

Stuckey played at the University of Kansas, where he met his wife Lacie. The happy parents of one-year-old Jayton James are passionate about using their platform to be a voice for the voiceless. When he’s not on the field, Stuckey is delivering motivational speeches and engaging in community service projects in San Diego. He’s a leader on the team, and now he’s leading the NFL charge in the anti-human trafficking movement.

We’ll let him tell you the rest. Please meet Darrell Stuckey:

Why is fighting human trafficking a cause that you and Lacie want to be involved with?

We believe that everyone deserves a chance to choose the path in which they should go to live, work, and learn in an environment that is safe for them. Human trafficking hinders the ability to do that. Imagine waking up every morning and never asking yourself “what do I want to do today” because someone else is always in control of you. No choice, no rights, no love, no hope; that is what human trafficking is, and that is why Lacie and I are joining the fight. For hope, love, rights, and the freedom of choice.

Why is it important to you to leverage your influence as an athlete to make a difference?

I am given a platform that gains the attention of many solely because of my association as a professional. When I am given an opportunity to address the public I want to use that moment to spread the awareness of something that I feel is bigger and more important than I am.

Favorite food?

Taco Salad with Doritos

Favorite football player as a child and why?

Jerry Rice because of his integrity to the game and work ethic.

Jayton’s first word?

“Mumma” was first and “Dada” shortly followed the same day…

We’re excited to welcome the Stuckey family to the movement. Stay updated on all Team NFS athletes on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for Not For Sale email updates here.

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