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Former NFL Star Talks to Jackson State Players About Life After Football
Gene Washington, the NFL’s director of football operations, met with members of the Jackson State football team Tuesday as part of the NCAA’s Champs Life Skills program.
JSU officials said they requested the Tuscaloosa native and former NFL star.
Washington used the much publicized Brett Favre situation as an example of how hard life is after their playing days are over.
“He just can’t give it up,” Washington said in reference to Favre passing on a reported $20 million to stay retired.
Washington’s message was for the players to get their education and form relationships while in school so they will have more opportunities once their playing days are over.
“There’s a big void that happens to all of us,” Washington said. “But there’s a way to fill the void.”
Senior defensive back Oliver McNeil and freshman offensive lineman Rashad McGill both sat out of practice Tuesday. Otherwise, the Tigers were healthy.
Senior tight end Marcel Frost left practice early with cramps and several other players began to cramp up as practice wound down.
JSU coach Rick Comegy had the players line up for a single 100-yard dash after finishing sets of sideline sprints.
Lackawanna Community College transfer Bloi-Dei Dorzan blew away most of the group consisting of running backs and wide receivers. Freshman Darius Bolela (Wingfield HS) wasn’t far behind. Freshman defensive lineman Donavan Robinson ran away from the group of lineman. Hinds CC transfer Marcell Young cruised across the line first against the other defensive backs.
“The first teams are really looking good,” Comegy said, reflecting on the day. “We can really do more. It’s like a scientist, I can go back and pour a little more in the beaker.”
Former NFL star talks about life after football
By Kareem Copeland, The Clarion Ledger (AL)