Back in January, I met a young man, Richard Jones, that just finished up his college football career at Texas Tech University. He was #99 and played Defensive Tackle. He wanted me to help him get ready for the NFL Pro Day coming up in a few months.
We worked lots of things, namely his lower body mobility. We saw a ton of improvement over the course of the months, but Rich was being hampered by a recurring hamstring injury. Long story short, he killed it on Pro Day except for the 40 when he had to pull up because of another hammy-pull.
The NFL draft came and went and he had to start from scratch trying to find a new team to call home. He received a break during another tryout where a CFL team really liked what they saw.
Within a couple weeks, Rich was off to Vancouver, BC to play with the BC Lions. Well, that's the good part of the story, because the hamstring was still questionable. His hammy didn't hold up during training camp and was put on the practice squad due to the injury.
He's been waiting all season for his chance, rehabbing and training to get better at his craft. Well, the time is now! Richard will be playing tonight against the Calgary Stampede as the starting Defensive Tackle! Here's a link to his interview with the team media.
Richard's a very special guy with a lot of talent, not just in football. He's gonna make waves in whatever he does and whoever he comes into contact with.
I feel blessed to have been able to get to know him and if anything, help him a little on his journey.
Props to you Big Rich! Kick some butt tonight!