I grew up in Long Beach California Attended Long Beach Poly High school from 1978-1980. Played Basketball, track and football. Football was my passion and what I excelled at. I did not get the opportunity to play varsity football until the 4or 5th game of the season my junior year. When I started playing, we did not lose again until the second game into the playoffs. My senior season I broke my collarbone and was relegated to mentoring a junior QB Stefan Derrick who went on to shatter all sorts of records at Poly. Even though I was injured my senior season, I was still offered many scholarships from numerous schools. I opted to attend the University of Tennessee because I felt that it was the best fit for me and maybe I could play early there. I ended up graduating early from high school and Entered College early enough to join them in spring practice. That helped me get a jump on the incoming freshmen that were coming in. Half way through my freshman season, Coach Johnny Majors switched me from Quarterback to running back. I did not care, I just wanted to play. I lettered four seasons for the Vols and my senior season, was voted Most Improved Player and Captain of the team. I led the SEC in Kickoff returns and was third in the conference in all purpose yards. I was also second in the nation in kickoff returns with an average of 33.3 yds a return.
April of 1984, I was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. I had the privilege of playing 5 seasons with some great players. Steve Largent is one in particular who I am talking about. Hall of famer in his own right. He taught me how to be a pro. From 88-89, I played for the Detroit Lions. After playing professional football for 6 seasons, I started a new chapter in my life. It was called Life after football. I worked for 9 years as a youth sports director at a YMCA. It was truly the best job that I had ever had because I was shaping young kids lives. I started a Late Night Program for teens. Its whole emphasis was geared around keeping kids off the streets at night. Every Friday night we open up the YMCA doors to 3 to 400 kids to come in and have fun. The response was so great that the community rallied around it. During the 9 years that I ran the program, the crime rate dropped 25% in the area.
I have worn many hats since I stopped playing football. I have been a juvenile parole officer; I have worked for three different mortgage companies, coach, mentor and now a husband and father. I have been on many boards Juvenile Mentoring Network, Community in Schools, FAVOR, and United Way Campaign, Partners for Youth, Children’s Miracle Network of Seattle and Seahawks Organization.
Finally, I settled down and got married (Amanda) and now have an 8 year old son (Trey). When he was born, I decided to start my own business (Post Construction Clean up) because I did not want miss anything that he was involved in. As a matter of fact, I coach him in most sports because I try to instill in him what I learned from all of the great coaches I had growing up in Long Beach. I talk about Poly all the time because it is truly the home of Scholars’ and Champions. In July of 2010, I was inducted into My high school Hall Of Fame along with other greats such as Tony Hill, Willie McGinest, Earl McCullough and others. It was truly a night to remember.
Working with children is truly my passion. When I met Michael and seen what he was doing with the children that he works with, I knew right then and there I wanted to be a part of that. If we can make one child smile we are doing something great. That is what the Burn Children Recovery Foundation does. It put smiles on kids’ faces. I am truly privileged to be a part of this wonderful organization.