NFL Star Visits His Hometown

 

With the 229th pick in the 2017 NFL draft the 5-time super bowl champion, San Francisco 49ers select adrian colbert - miami, defensive back. - NFL Network 

Adrian Colbert's football career began in Wichita Falls, playing youth football for the Wolverines, the Colts and the Chargers.

"I just loved it. It was like I had extra family time. It's what it felt like, extra family time. I was always so good at it just because i was so fast. So much faster than everybody." Adrian Colbert, 49ers Cornerback

Colbert was star, guiding the chargers to the championship game when he was 9-years old.
But before he could take the field in the title game - he almost lost his life.

While riding his bike on Ridgeway Drive he was hit by a car.
He spent a week in the hospital unconscious, with a broken nose, a broken collarbone.

The day after being released from the hospital, he was able to watch his teammates play in the title game.
He soon thereafter moved to Mineral Wells, dashing dreams of playing his High School games at Memorial Stadium.

I didn't want to leave Wichita Falls. That was all I knew as a kid. Growing up that's all I wanted to be. I wanted to go to Kirby, then go to Rider or Hirschi, one of those." Adrian Colbert, 49ers Cornerback

Instead of hanging his head, Colbert set new goals Playing division one football.

And he did for both the Texas Longhorns and the Miami Hurricanes.
And now he's in the NFL San Fransico 49ers.
And he wants to give back to the community where his dreams began.

"Reaching out to kids feels great. I wanted someone like that. I wanted someone like Emmitt Smith or one of the primetime players or just anybody that was successful in what I wanted to do in life to come up to talk to me about the things I should do and the steps they took to get where they are." Adrian Colbert, 49ers Cornerback

Today Colbert spoke to hundreds of students at his old schools Washington-Jackson and Kate Burgess elementary schools. 

"Ya'll should strive to do better in class. Be great in school as you want to be great in sports. If you want to be in the NBA, be a great student while you're in class. And then after school work on making it to the NBA"  

He also hit the playground with some of the  kids who'll forever get to say they caught a pass from an NFL Player.

So colbert is still living his dream. Succeeding. Giving back.
And to think. Today could have never happened for Adrian Colbert had that day in March of 2004 ended differeantly.

Instead, that day serves as motivation for whatever stands in Colbert's way.
 
"I always go back. If I ever get down. Like when I broke my arm when i tore my lateral meniscus. I always look back on the injury. You've faced worse than this. This is nothing. This is like a scratch compared to what you've been through in life. If you can get through what you've been through in the past, you'll breeze through this." Adrian Colbert, 49ers Cornerback  

    


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