Defensive lineman-linebacker Fearon Wright and running back-defensive back Isaiah Grier, who play for the American Indoor Football Association's Baltimore Mariners, will be featured on today's episode of "The Steve Wilkos Show," which airs at noon on Channel 54.
The players appear on the show in an effort to help Baltimore's Michelle Gordon, who fears she is losing her 15-year-old twin sons, Michael and Shaheim, to the streets. Michael once dreamed of a football career and Shaheim aspired to become a lawyer, but the two have gotten involved in gangs, violence and illegal drugs.
Wright and Grier, who both endured difficult childhoods, attempt to show the twins the error of their ways and the opportunities they are giving up.
"I, too, was in your shoes, and I put my mother through hell," says Fearon, who was stabbed in the neck during his freshman year of college.
Adds Grier, whose brother was murdered by a drug dealer at the age of 19: "It's not about right now sometimes, it's about what's going to happen five minutes from now. It's in your hands."
The Mariners players then take the boys to a game at 1st Mariner Arena, where they serve as honorary captains, participating in the pre-game coin toss and several promotional events.