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Local Pro Athletes Honored on MLK Day in Buffalo

7:36 PM, Jan 17, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- They once played high school football and basketball in Buffalo, now Naaman Roosevelt and Mike Williams are in the NFL. They were honored during a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event.

Naaman Roosevelt is a member of the Buffalo Bills, Mike Williams plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A few years ago they were attending the Family 25 Inc. free sports clinic listening to speeches about hard work.

The hard work paid off and both are thankful for the hard work of Dr. King.

"It's definitely a change now. You see everybody getting an opportunity to do what they love to do," said Roosevelt.

Williams says now he can really appreciate what the Dream Dr. King preached about really means.

NFL Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas appreciates the Dream. 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing asked Thomas if his perception of the dream has changed since pro football days. "I think what has changed me is that I don't look at people, as I try to help everybody and that's how the dream has changed for me. When I was 20 and 21 I did things, but I did them for a different reason," said Thomas.

Family 25 Inc. gave awards to Orv Cott, Keith Frome, Tom Lillis, Darius Pridgen and Thurman Thomas for their commitment to youth in Erie County.

Williams and Roosevelt were given the Golden Achievement Award. 

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