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Former NY Giant Visits Owego

High School students at Owego Free Academy gathered early this morning in the school's auditorium to hear former Colts and New York Giants football player Keith Elias speak.

Student's say they were thrilled to kick off the school year with such a big name.

"He's got a very well known record, very big name and it's kind of cool to get to meet somebody that's not from our area and also play NFL which is huge."

But Elias didn't only come to talk about football, he had a deeper message he wanted to share with the students and that was the importance of character. The Principal of Owego Free Academy said the speech will help set the tone for the rest of school year.

"I think it opens a dialogue for us. He kept saying be the voice and to really treat other people how you want to be treated and I think that's a foundation for us for the rest of the year."
 
The former NY Giants player has been to handful of countries speaking to different people but he says he didn't choose to be a motivational speaker rather it chose him
 
"Football gives me that platform to be able to say heythis is what I've done now give me a little bit of your time, give me a little bit of your heart and let's see if we can talk."

Student's listened closely to Elias's speech and most said they were inspired by what he said.

"Coming in here and talking to all of us and saying how we can change, it was great."
 
Elias was brought to the school by its athletic director who heard him speak at a football camp this summer and knew that not only his athletes would enjoy meeting him but all of the students would get something from his speech.

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