Falcons' Grady Jarrett surprises teen who was bullied at school

ATLANTA — Standing up for what's right isn't always easy, but we can all learn a lesson from 14-year-old anti-bullying advocate Sam Hill.

Hill plays football at Putnam Middle School in Eatonton, alongside a classmate who used to bully him.

"They ask me am I better and how I feel about it. I feel good because I have other friends who go through stuff like that," Hill said.

Hill's mom said her son ended up in the emergency room, but in the months that have passed, a community has come together.

"It's a happy ending, getting out every Saturday in the community and talking to people and having events, just knowing we're making a change," Hill's mother, Patricia French, said.


The teen has become a symbol in an anti-bullying campaign.

On Tuesday, which was also Hill's birthday, Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein invited him to visit WSB-TV studios for a tour to show him our appreciation, and during an interview in the studio, there was a surprise.

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett entered the room.

"How you doing, son? You good?" Jarrett asked Hill.

Jarrett had heard about Hill's story.

"People are always worried about what other people think about them, versus being the best version of themselves and being happy with that," Jarrett said.

Jarrett educates kids about bullying's harmful effects. Hill said meeting Jarrett has inspired him to work even harder to spread the word.

"I looked past it, and I think about the positive things I can make out of it," Hill said.