Former NFL Player Teaches Kids About Bullying, Making Positive Choices

By Anna Theodosis

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A former NFL player was in Eastern Iowa today, but it wasn't for a sporting event.

Jimmie Bell, a former San Diego Charger, was at Madison Elementary School in Cedar Rapids today to talk to kids about bullying and making positive choices. Bell said empowering kids is what the event is all about, and one way to do that is to share his own stories about bullying.

"If I can get one of these kids to understand that their value is so high," Bell said, "then they won't need to find someone else to make them feel what they feel is miserable."

Bell said he was a bully when he was younger and wants to use his memories to teach the children.

Bell is with the organization, Sports World. The group sends former athletes to schools all across the country to encourage students to make smart choices and instill hope in them.

He has visited about 10 schools in the area since Tuesday.

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