Bears' Long forms friendship with bullying victim

A member of the Chicago Bears helps a suburban boy deal with bullying after offensive lineman Kyle Long was contacted by the father of a 9-year-old Huntley boy who has been taunted by other children for the last three years.
May 6, 2014 4:45:35 PM PDT
A member of the Chicago Bears helps a suburban boy deal with bullying after offensive lineman Kyle Long was contacted by the father of a 9-year-old Huntley boy who has been taunted by other children for the last three years.

Being bullied is not new for 9-year-old Andrew Oyston. For close to three years, the 4th grader has endured bullying on the school bus.

"If you're getting bullied, just talk to a principal, a teacher, a parent, anybody," said Frank Oyston, Andrews father.

Oyston had had enough and sent a message to Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long's Twitter account, asking him to intervene and give his son a pep talk. Long responded and last Saturday, he showed up at Andrew's sister's birthday party at a local restaurant.

"I wanted to just help out, hang out with the kid and give him kind of a role model-type deal, an older brother-type deal, and we had a really great time hanging out," said Bears guard Kyle Long.

"He was like a big kid, playing video games, talking to Andrew, it was a really fun day," Frank Oyston said.

The football player then went to Andrew's home to play ball with him in the front yard. Long took pictures and put them on his Twitter account showing off his new friend.

Andrew said he will never forget the day he spent with his NFL hero.

Andrew said Kyle Long is now his new best friend and that they will be in touch because Long made him feel very special.

"I appreciate everything he did, it really meant a lot to take the time out of his day and I think it helped Andrew immensely.

"I have an older brother that I could come home to and spill all my emotions and everything and he had my back," Long said. "Hopefully I can serve as that role for Andrew."


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