I am a Black/Samoan, military kid from no where. I’m not Samoan enough or Black enough to blend in with either side. Get teased about being light skinned or not knowing my Samoan culture. I struggled with my identity for a very long time. When I became good at football I became more popular and even more lonely. People said many things about me and they have no clue of what they speak of. Going through public turmoil pushed me further into this hole.
When you go through the fire you have a unique experience that most people don’t figure out until they leave this earth. You realize really fast who is here for you. The NFL created many fake friendships for me, going through what I have I had real people come closer and the fake friends disappear.
Through my worst and during my greatest moments my uncle has always stood in my corner and shown me that i belong. Unc you have always accepted me, you always made me feel like I was a first round pick. Every since I was a little boy. I know you are having a rough patch but I need you to know that I love you so much and I need you to keep giving everything you have. My world is brighter because of you and because of that I ask my friends for your prayers for your encouragement. #BenStrong
Pray for my uncle Ben.