In the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday the Kansas City Chiefs selected Southern Miss DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches. The fact that he is here in the United States about to play in the NFL is incredible.
Nunez-Roches was born in Dangriga, Belize. His life before coming to the United States when he was eight years old sounds rough.
"Really when I got here, I was excited," Nunez-Roches told the KC media on Saturday, via quotes from the Chiefs. "Everything amazed me from the little things - running water to electricity. Because that's not what I'm used to, that wasn't what I was accustomed to."
Nunez-Roches' mom wanted him playing a sport to avoid getting into trouble but football wasn't his main sport.
"It really wasn't just football, my number one sport was baseball," Nunez-Roches said. "It went baseball, football and then basketball and track."
Nunez-Roches described himself as a "phenomenal" baseball player playing first, third and pitcher.
"I like the physicality and the competition and the camaraderie of football. That's what made me stick to it."
Before converting to the defensive line at his Alabama high school, he was a quarterback.
"Growing up and seeing the hardships of my mom from job to job, being homeless periodically from here and there, having to move a lot of places, relocating depending on job security. I really took that and I ran with it. Just seeing my mom and I knew I wanted to be in the best situation where I grew up to put her and my kids in the best situation. I think that's what motivated me to be the best I can be. On and off the field."
Pretty amazing story, huh?
As for this quote on why he chose football ...
"I think I was more of a physical guy; I wanted to get anger off. You can't hit too many people in baseball, you can just hit the ball."
... He really should talk to the Kansas City Royals.