FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GIVE UP...DON'T
I have always been overlooked throughout my football career because of my size.From Jr. Pewee to College,I have always been told I was too small.It frustrates me because every year I played I exceeded everyone’s expectations.I’ve received MVP, Best Defensive Player, First Team All-League, All-CIF, and First Team All-Conference in one of the most competitive Junior College areas in the nation.Yet, I was still passed up on for my size. Everyone’s doubt only inspired me to work harder.I’ve gone from 130 pounds to 230 pounds in the past 6 years.It took a ton of dedication, consistency, and discipline.I continue to grind, working out multiple times a day, 7 days a week to reach my goal of playing in the NFL.I set the bar high.I refuse to limit myself.I've always known I could play D1 and eventually play in the NFL.I’m not going to settle for less.I balled out in high school and in JUCO but I still didn't catch the eye of any D1 colleges and if I did they all said I was too small.I red-shirted this past year and continued to send out my highlight film, hoping I'd catch someone's interest.Then, I finally did. Mississippi Valley St, a D1 college, emailed me back and gave me my opportunity.Anyone who knows me knows how much I put into this game and knows how much this opportunity means to me.I never gave up on myself and that is a great accomplishment to me.I hope I can help someone going through the same thing as me.There is always hope. Believe in yourself no matter what.This is the first stepping stone of continuing my dream of making it to the NFL.I'm humbly blessed to have gotten this chance.I can't wait to see what this year has in store for me.This wasn't to brag about going D1.The message here is that when you set your goals high, no matter what happens, you can't give up on it.You have to believe in yourself, trust yourself, and remember why you made that goal in the first place.You set that goal for a reason.You believed in yourself to achieve it.Mindset is everything in life. If you believe you can do something then you will.Don't let other people's limitations stop you from dreaming big. That's what life's about.