Once Homeless, Former Downers North Star Says Football Saved His Life

Once Homeless, Former Downers North Star Says Football Saved His Life


CATCHING 56 PASSES FOR NEARLY 700 YARDS AND FIVE TOUCHDOWNS. NFL DREAMS WILL COME TRUE STARTING ONE WEEK FROM THURSDAY. VONTAE DIGGS IS HARD AT WORK TO MAKE SURE HIS NAME IS CALLED DURING THE DRAFT PICK IS MEGAN TELLS US, HE HAS SURVIVED A LOT OF LEAD, SWEAT AND TEARS TO MAKE IT TO THIS POINT. I SHOULD BE OUT ON THE FIELD. IT MADE ME FORGET EVERYTHING. IT KEPT ME GOING. VONTAE DIGGS SAID FOOTBALL SAVED HIS LIFE .áAT DOWNERS GROVE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL, MANY TEAMMATES DID NOT KNOW HE WAS ON AND OFF HOMELESS SINCE FOURTH GRADE. I HAVE A BROKEN LIFE AND FAMILY. A LOT OF REGRET. I FEEL BAD. I FEEL BAD ABOUT SOME THINGS THAT HAPPEN. HIM HIS MOTHER AND BROTHER SLEPT IN A SMALL HOTEL ROOM AND FOR A STRETCH OF SEVEN MONTHS, THEY CRAMMED INTO THE OLDSMOBILE AND SLEPT ON THE STREET. HE ASKED — ALSO SPENT MANY NIGHTS ON THE BENCH AT A PARK AND WASH UP AT A McDONALD’S BEFORE SCHOOL. HALF OF MY LIFE I DID NOT HAVE MEALS TO EAT. I SAT ON THE BENCH FROM 2 AM UNTIL THE TIME I HAD TO GO TO SCHOOL. IF MOM MOVED BACK TO CHICAGO WHILE HE STAYED AND BOUNCED AROUND AT FRIENDS HOMES. AFTER HIS FRESHMAN YEAR, THE FAMILY TOOK HIM IN AND PROVIDED STABILITY. WE HAVE DONE A LOT FOR HIM AND AT THE SAME TIME, HE HAS DONE A LOT FOR US. AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MY CHILDREN TO SEE THAT SOMETIMES YOU MAKE A SACRIFICE IN LIFE THAT MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR YOU TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE OUT. THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING. ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE. THEY HAVE DONE IT FOR ME. A ROOF, FOOD, SHELTER, LOVE. FROM DAY ONE THEY NEVER SAW ME ANY OTHER WAY THAN FAMILY. HAD YOU THINK SOMEBODY FOR TAKING OVER AND RAISING YOUR SON TO BE A MAN? A HE HAS BEEN TRAINING FOR HIS PRO DAY IN THE HOPES OF MAKING IT TO THE NFL. DOWN THE ROAD HE WANTS TO BE A SCHOOL COUNSELOR TO HELP KIDS. I JUST COULD NOT GIVE UP ON THIS YOUNG MAN BECAUSE HE WAS NOT GIVING UP ON HIMSELF. THEY ALL MEAN SO MUCH TO ME AND I PUSH FORWARD BECAUSE THEY SAW SOMETHING GREATER AND IF I CAN TOUCH A LITTLE KID WHO HAS SOMETHING LIKE ME AND THEY SEE ME PLAYING, THEY CAN HEAR MY STORY OR I CAN DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IN DOWNERS GROVE, MEGAN MAWICKE , CBS 2 NEWS. HE IS GRADUATING IN 3 1/2 YEARS WITH A DEGREE IN URBAN COMMUNITY STUDIES. HE WANTS TO BE A HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR WHEN HE IS DONE WITH FOOTBALL BUT HE HAS MENTORED SEVERAL STUDENTS AND IS INCREDIBLE. HE IS AN INSPIRATION.

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