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Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray:Great to ‘Represent as a Minority in NFL’

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Kansas City Chiefs back-up quarterback Tyler Bray, Potawatomi/Citizen Band, is on a mission to help Native youth stay healthy.

“Anytime you can help kids exercise and get off of video games or their computer, and get them active, it’s always fun,” Bray told Haskell Indian Nations student Tyler Jones who conducted an interview for Bray is currently on the injured reserve list, but joined other Chiefs players in Lawrence, Kansas at the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday as part of the NFL Play 60; an event hosted by the Indian Health Service Haskell Diabetes Prevention Program.

“I’m thankful to give back to the community,” Bray told Jones. “The Chiefs Kingdom is great. We get to play in the loudest stadium in the NFL, and I couldn’t ask for anything else.”

Bray, who is in his second season with the Chiefs, instructed some of the Play 60 participants in athletic drills such as the football toss, standing jump and shuttle run. At least 60 children between 3rd and 6th grade attended the event. But this opportunity was more than just a chance for Bray to connect with the Kansas community. He was also able to work with Native American children in the Lawrence community.

“I actually went out to Oklahoma and visited with some of the tribal members,” he said. “I tried to learn my roots [and] where my family came from, and how it all came to be.”

The mission of the NFL Play 60 program is to make the next generation of youth the most active and healthy, says. The Diabetes Prevention Program leads the effort to educate people with the goal of preventing and eliminating diabetes in Native American communities.

“It is great to be able to represent as a minority in the NFL,” Bray said.