Eleven NFL prospects join 2019 Reps For Rare Diseases campaign for NFL Combine


For the fifth consecutive year, Uplifting Athletes is empowering NFL prospects with the opportunity to use the NFL Combine as a platform to give back by raising funds and awareness in support of the Rare Disease Community.

The Reps For Rare Diseases Campaign is one of the first opportunities for these athletes to create an impact using their platform as professional athletes. Uplifting Athletes is excited to work with these outstanding individuals to help them give back during this very pivotal time of their lives.

This year Uplifting Athletes currently has 10 players who chose to participate in Reps For Rare Diseases 2019 at the NFL Combine including: Trace McSorley and Ryan Bates from Penn State, Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell, and Tre Lamar from Clemson and Garrett Bradbury, Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers from NC State, Chris Slayton from Syracuse and Drue Tranquill from Notre Dame.

Lehigh University running back Dom Bragalone was invited to the 2nd annual NFL Regional Combine in Kansas City March 9. The NFL Regional Combine is an invite-only event for approximately 100 draft-eligible prospects who were not invited to the NFL Combine.

“We would like to thank all the athletes participating in Reps For Rare Diseases and wish all of our participants the best of luck in the pursuit of their professional careers,” Uplifting Athletes Director of Sports Impact and NFL veteran Brett Brackett said. “We believe this is a special group that stands out for the right reasons amongst their peers. Any NFL team would be lucky to have one of these men representing their organization.”

Fans and supporters can become teammates of any one of our NFL Combine participants this year and help Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases by simply making a pledge for every bench press repetition or vertical jump per inch the player achieves.

Visit the Uplifting Athletes Reps For Rare Diseases 2019 team landing page, choose your favorite player and make your pledge today.

The proceeds from Reps For Rare Diseases support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

The first Reps For Rare Diseases campaign was run by former Penn State and current Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James.

Since James launched this program in 2015 other current NFL veterans such as Justin Watson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Jason Cabinda (Oakland Raiders), Justin Jackson (San Diego Chargers), Mike McGlinchey (San Francisco 49ers), Mike Gesicki (Miami Dolphins), Josh Adams (Philadelphia Eagles), Malik Turner (Seattle Seahawks), Grant Haley (New York Giants), Anthony Zettel (Cleveland Browns), Andrew Billings (Cincinnati Bengals), Garrett Sickels (Los Angeles Rams), and Chad Kanoff (Arizona Cardinals) have used Reps For Rare Diseases as a platform to support the Rare Disease Community.

“Uplifting Athletes prides itself in helping athletes realize their potential to make a positive impact on the Rare Disease Community. Our Reps for Rare Diseases campaign is another unique example of this,” Brackett said.

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