I am a teacher at ACES Alternative High School in Mukilteo. On Tuesday, I had Reggie Jones, the cornerback and punt returner from the Minnesota Vikings, come into my classroom as a guest speaker. He was here along with his trainer, Tracey Ford.
I’m writing because I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to not only show the community involvement of Reggie, but how much of an impact his story had.
He and Tracey spoke to my students about being successful. Reggie was unfortunate to lose both of his parents at the age of 12. His mother murdered his father and to this day his mother remains in jail. He spoke to my students about how the tragic moments in life can lead us onto different paths. His event pushed him to become who he is today. As a graduate of Kent Meridian High School, he went on to play at the University of Idaho, got drafted by the New Orleans Saints and won a Super Bowl in 2009. He is not only a successful football player, but a husband and father, as well.
Tracey talked about how everyone has a dream and keeping positive people around you is truly important. After asking each student what they were going to be, he told them to start saying “I am,” not, “I am going to be,” believing that you are what you are now! It was truly inspiring and I wanted to share the experience with others.
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