In honor of Black History Month, Gopher Athletics is celebrating those who made us great. Throughout February, GopherSports.com will share short interviews with African-American alumni from almost every Gopher program. In these interviews, former student-athletes reflect on their time at the U of M, provide advice to current Gophers and share what Black History Month means to them personally.
Graduation Year: 1994
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Occupation: Deputy Sheriff for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
What is it you miss most about the University?
I miss being around my brothers. When you’re around people 24/7, you really get to know them. The bond and camaraderie you build with each other is unbreakable.
If you could give the current student-athletes any piece of advice, what would it be?
To my brother and sister student-athletes: take advantage of all the opportunities that are given to you. If a door is opened because of athletics, "KICK IT DOWN." When you’re competing in your respective sport, give it your all and leave it on the field so you will never have regrets.
Please share your favorite university or athletic event you've attended since you graduated and what made it so special to you?
My favorite athletic event I've attended was being allowed to share my story with the Gopher football program. I love telling my little brothers Minnesota was the only D-I scholarship offer I received because other schools basically said I was not good enough. Minnesota took a chance and I ended my career as one of the best defensive tackles/noseguards in the Big Ten that year. I love telling people anything is possible through hard work and dedication.
What are you grateful for?
I’m truly grateful Minnesota took a chance on me. Had they not, I wouldn't have the wonderful family I have today. I also wouldn't have met my Gopher brother, Doobie, who saved my life in 2016 because he donated one of his kidneys to me. I am forever grateful.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It means I'm grateful for the people before me that paved the way for us so we can do whatever we choose in life and not have to worry about repercussions.
What occupies your time now?
My family occupies my time now. I spend as much time with my family as I can. My wife and I only have a short time with our boys because they will be out of the house before we know it. We don’t want to be those parents that says "we wish we would have done more."
Please visit Black History Month Central on Gophersports.com to see all the profiles.
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