Who is Cyril Grayson? An Intimate Look Inside the Life of Saints New Wide Receiver

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NEW ORLEANS - eTradeWire -- Before the onset of Rookie camp, not many had heard that name before. Now with OTA's in full swing, several people are getting their first look at their very own hometown boy as a verifiable athletic product. That's right, he's a local.  Cyril Grayson grew up in Kenner - just minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. After graduation, he attended LSU where he shattered records and enjoyed a decorated athletic collegiate career in track & field. While Cyril Grayson continues to turn heads in New Orleans Saints Mini-Camps the past few weeks, many have not yet been introduced to his off-field personality.

Grayson has shown consistent positivity even through team swaps in recent years. He was originally signed with the Seattle Seahawks following an explosive performance at Pro Day. He has briefly touched several other notable teams on his journey, including Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans. Most recently, he was in with the Chicago Bears for a stint before coming home to New Orleans for an opportunity with the Saints.

"I have been blessed to have these experiences and be part of some great teams, even if only for a spell, "Grayson notes. "Having the ability to work with some incredibly talented players and have access to some of the greatest minds in football has really helped me improve as a player. I'm taking it all in I'm coachable, and I'm greatly humbled and grateful for every step along the way. I'm using every experience and opportunity to become the best I can so that I can be a contributor and make some major plays moving forward."

His focus is undeniable. Analysts and observers have been impressed so far with his ability and sheer determination. He's turning heads on the field, but also packs a punch off-field as well. Cyril has a huge heart for charitable giveback in his community and in every city he has landed, he has made strides in putting down charitable roots. During Super Bowl week, Grayson visited Children's Hospitals in Atlanta with "Baskets of Hope", and most recently participated in the 2019 Black & Gold Celebrity Softball Game benefitting Son of a Saint and Team Gleason.

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If he stays in New Orleans, the blazing wide receiver will continue his givebacks close to home. "I've had interest in working with the Ronald McDonald Foundation and just being available to make home visits and brings smiles to kids who are dealing with the unimaginable. I'm also working on my own foundation so that I can make an impact there as well," said Grayson.

Cyril is working with a partner on a new foundation, "Project Neaux Limits", where he plans to co-lead and serve on the board. The foundation aims to provide athletes with the understanding of the importance of preparation through education, connection, and experience. The focus is on wellness, connection, and the community. It is set to support athletes in areas of mental health, nutrition, physical wellness, and personal/professional development and mentorship.

In the off-season, Grayson made a stop in Plano, Texas to visit students at Forman Elementary school for National Reading Month. He spent half of the day reading one of his favorite childhood books, "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss to students. With the school's schedule being what it was, the pre-k and kindergarten children would not have gotten an opportunity to experience a book reading with Grayson, but he didn't want them to be left out. "I can't leave without seeing the little ones!" he said. The Vice Principal was happy to walk Grayson through the Kinder section so that he could at least say hi, and exchange high-fives with the tiniest students at the school. He didn't stop until he had visited every class. Cyril's personality and heart are highly impressive in an industry where many famous athletes don't always have as much time for fans. "It's a priority for him and you can tell there is an authentic desire to just share his light with others," school spokesperson noted.

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During his visit with Forman Elementary, Grayson played with the kids during their PE class, conducted interactive Q&A sessions with the kids, and even took turns tossing and catching the football with several of the students. It was definitely a memorable day for all.

"Cyril has such a great personality, " said Brandy Runyan, CEO of Black Diamond Firm, and Grayson's personal publicist. "He is completely genuine, highly intelligent, and incredibly focused. He loves getting out there and kidding around with youth and does a fantastic job showing who he really is on the inside."

When he's not training, Cyril befriends and mentors young men. He has a passion for being a role model and helping guide youth in the right direction. "There are a lot of people, friends and youth, that come to me for counsel. They think that my wisdom or opinion matters," he said. "Not everybody has that influence and the gravity that carries causes me to take it very seriously."

"It is important for me to be able to encourage them, mentor them, and model responsible behavior for them because they are always watching and listening." Grayson is also active in his church's ministry projects and has a love for the outdoors. He will be contributing his talents and mentorship  with a local camp being conducted by  trainer Albert Brock of ABXPLODE, on July 7th.

While the LSU track star and Rummel product continues to vie for a slot on the 53-man Saints roster, you can count on him being a huge community contributor as well if he makes the team.

He is eager to be part of many events as his career continues. Any interested parties are encouraged to reach out to brandy@blackdiamondfirm.com for inquiries pertaining to his availability.

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