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NFL Players Host Habitat For Humanity Fundraiser at Liberty U

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Lynchburg, VA - They're play makers on their teams on the football field, Friday though, they played for a different kind of team.

Two big names in the NFL, Rashad Jennings and Mike Brown returned to their alma mater, Liberty University Friday, not for public speaking, not for fun, not even for football.

Jennings, an MVP with the Oakland Raiders, and Brown a wide receiver with the Jacksonville Jaguars spent Friday at Liberty raising money. The cause was Habitat for Humanity. Something the two former Flames say now is near and dear to their hearts.

"We really wanted to come back and give back to Lynchburg. This was our stomping grounds, this was humble beginnings" said Jennings.

Jennings MVP of the Oakland Raiders, and Brown, wide receiver with the Jacksonville Jaguars are spending a weekend campaigning to raise $60,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

"Especially in the athletic world, is to lead by example, so in order for us to get out here and show our faces, and show our support, hopefully we can influence someone else to do the same" said Brown.

The pair was inspired to help Habitat after seeing the work done by Liberty University students. Five homes in Lynchburg were built with the help of LU hands.

"Wanted to make sure that we're doing everything that we possible can to raise money, to make sure that hard working families have a home to live up under" said Jennings.

"It means a lot. It was like a foundation. I don't think I'd be where I'm at now if it wasn't for that" said Vincent Ross.

Ross, an LU student, grew up in a habitat home in Buckingham County. He was inspired to pay it forward after hearing the NFL super stars were there to help.

"The whole organization, volunteering, and helping, I feel like I owe it to give back" said Ross.

"They don't only help build homes; they help build dreams" said Shamill Anderson.

Anderson moved into her habitat home built by Liberty students, almost a year ago. Not only has it changed her life, it's given her, and her two young children, a new start.

"This is my first time ever being able to have something that I can actually call my own; like this is ours" she said.

Jennings and Brown will be hosting a pancake breakfast Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and a football skills camp for 3rd-8th graders, starting at 10:15 a.m. Both are at Liberty's Williams Stadium.

Both events are open to the public. There is a $20 admission fee, with all proceeds going directly to Habitat for Humanity.

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