BALTIMORE - His words are inspiring; his story uplifting, but Donald Schuler hasn't always lived on a high.
"When this day is done, I'm just a young man in college trying to get through this, but to eat I need my knowledge," Donald Schuler said.
"I was always sticking out. I never had the best clothes. I didn't have a lot of money when my family was growing up," Schuler said.
It's hard to believe this 6 foot 4, 300 pound former defensive tackle for Morgan State University was bullied.
"Never judge a book by its cover. I've had that many of times in my life when I'm a big dumb football player," Schuler said.
Nothing could be further than the truth. Donald says he maintained a 3.0 while playing football.
Instead of moves on the field, his message comes through his words.
Schuler is joining forces with the group "Unlisted After Death" for a day of music and motivational speakers next month. The group is targeting bullying.
"I really feel like the song relates to those that are going through it and trying to make it," Schuler said.
He's made it through undergraduate school. In December 2014 he hopes to graduate with his Masters in Arts and Education.
At age 23 Donald already sees his future. Now he wants to help others achieve theirs.
"My mission is to empower the youth, and to change the world through entertainment and education. I'm here today but I'm ready for tomorrow this life is just a game never pausing for sorrow. That's my goal just to be a living breathing example," Schuler said.