Isaiah Kacyvenski
Bullying Survivor
Male | Endicott, NY   United States
Bullied in the NFL and middle school
Bullying Type: Emotional
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Isaiah J. Kacyvenski is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Harvard and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School after he retired.
Kacyvenski also spent time with the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. After spending the 2007 season out of football, Kacyvenski officially announced his retirement in 2008.

Isaiah Kacyvenski was the youngest of five children in upstate Endicott, New York. He grew up with his parents; his mother and his alcoholic and sometimes abusive father until their divorce when he was nine. When he was thirteen, his mother left to do missionary work, leaving the care of him and his siblings back with their father.

Kacyvenski attended Union Endicott High School where he was an honors student and served as captain of the football team. His ultimate goal was to earn a football scholarship to University of Notre Dame. His mother was killed by a truck as she walked along the road on the same day of Kacyvenski's biggest high school football game in his senior season. Upon hearing of his mother's death, he fell "to his knees crying." He ended up playing in the game that night, calling it one of the best games of his life.

He received a phone call at the end of his senior year from Harvard University coach Tim Murphy offering him an academic scholarship. While Kacyvenski was reluctant to go to for fear of not fitting in, his coach convinced him that he would never regret going to Harvard.Unfortunately when Kacyvenski reached the NFL he was bullied by other players for being a Harvard grad. "He said some teammates thought he was a "rich, pampered kid" when he entered the NFL and that he did whatever he could to avoid confirming a "preconceived notion of what a Harvard grad was."

Even so, he didn't fit the NFL mold and would often anger teammates by raising his hand during team meetings to ask questions about the way things were being done and the reasoning behind them, he said in a telephone interview.

"In the NFL, if you don't do things the way other people do, you stick out, you make yourself a target for ridicule," Kacyvenski said. "Every day's the same, so it's, 'Let's find a way to entertain ourselves,' sometimes at the expense of others. Having someone be the butt of jokes has been around for a long time. It's like a cancer that eats away at your team." Commenting on the recent Incognito/Martin Dolphins bullying case he simply said, "I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner."He was also bullied in middle school, but it didn't stop him from going to Harvard and playing in the NFL.


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Posted By: N2all | 3/18/14 1:40 PM
There is bullying in all sports and most coaches ignore it and say its between the team
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