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Pierre Garçon Covers Caribbean Beat

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 8, 2013 – 3:12 pm

(Caribbean Beat)

(Caribbean Beat)

When life gets rough, and you forget your iPod on the airplane to the white sands and sapphire-blue waters of Montego Bay, Pierre Garçon can help you pass the time. 

The receiver smiles wide on the cover of the November/December 2013 issue of “Caribbean Beat,” the in-flight magazine of Caribbean Airlines.

In an a feature about NFL players with Caribbean roots, Garçon talks about displaying the Haitian flag and debunks assumptions about his heritage.

Most people who are unaware of his background assume Garçon is French. He uses that misunderstanding to claim his Haitian roots. “My whole family is from Haiti,” he explains. “My three sisters were born in Haiti. I was born two years after my parents arrived in the US. I grew up speaking Kreyol at home and learned English when I went to school. I still have family in Léogâne, and my family goes there as often as possible. My mom is from Port-au-Prince. My Haitian roots are very important to me. It’s my identity,” says Garçon.

Garçon also said his Haitian roots inform his work ethic.

“It makes me appreciate life. It shows me how to work extremely hard through difficult times, because that’s how we have dealt with life as a people. We came through tough times throughout history, and we survived. “Being from Haiti gives me strength. As a football player, I never give up on anything or any task. I represent Haiti everywhere I go.”

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