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Black History Month 2021 - Ryan Harris

Super Bowl 50 Champion Ryan Harris is a 10 year veteran of the NFL.  Ryan was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2007 as an offensive tackle. Ryan left Denver for a few years and continued his career with the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. He then came back to Denver and played left tackle in the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 Championship year. Most recently Ryan was with the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring at the end of the 2016 season. Ryan played college football at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with two degrees, one in Economics and Policy and the other in Political Science. Ryan is a practicing Muslim, from Minnesota, and currently resides with his family in Denver, CO.

Off the field, Ryan believes that together we can change the world. He believes that “It is your right to be extraordinary.”  That when we embrace that right, we create positive change in the world. And through our commitment to educate ourselves, invest in our communities and act on our passions, real change happens.

I love this piece because of the questions it makes us ask.

Heartbreak or heart joy? Are they tears of joy from actualizing of our potential? Are they pains of injustice that create tears? What did our actions contribute one way or another?

Do we care when the person looks different than us?

What do you see?

Art by Barthelomew Cooper

Amplifying black voices are another way to support and celebrate black history month. Ryan Harris chose painter Barthelomew Cooper. Explore his work further below.