This past year, I was able to have a really successful season; evidenced by looking at my stats, post season accolades and highlight video. However, this season only was possible because of the journey I took to get here. I am one of nine kids born to young parents in a small city of Petersburg, VA. I was raised in the Petersburg East I housing projects also know as Croatan for early part of my childhood. My mother had some personal struggles but was strong enough to recognize that she couldn’t give me what I needed while she was battling her own demons. So, she agreed to have my Father take me into his home and raise me. That was the best thing that ever happened to me. If anyone knows anything about the 804 area, they know that Petersburg is one of the toughest places to grow up. This was not an ideal place to flourish.
While moving in with my Dad was great, there were also many challenges I had to overcome. First of all, not being able to see my Mom everyday was traumatic. On top of that, I was in a much tougher school district and was having trouble adjusting to the difficulty of the work. Also, my three month old little brother who was born three months premature as a twin had just passed. Eventually, as things settled down and life got some type of normalcy, I went out to play football. This was another challenge since I didn’t play until Middle School and football in the county was serious. Most of the guys had been playing since they were 5 or 6yrs old. Given all the challenges of my childhood, this challenge was a piece of cake to overcome. I instantly became a standout player and the talk of the county. Entering high school though, I had to gain all the respect back as I was walking the halls of one of the richest football traditions in the state and one where RB was the glory position. People religiously transferred in from other schools for a shot to be the LC Bird RB; so, getting on the field wasn’t easy. I am proud to say that I was able to earn that position and made the most of it in my first year as a starter. I don’t think I would have been able to do it without my life experiences. I believe my life has equipped me with the tools to be that discipline, tough-minded, genuine leader on and off the field that every coach would love to have on their team.