Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”
ScobeeJosh Scobee, Jaguars kicker
“I only started playing football my senior year of high school, so I really don’t have too many early [coaching] influences.
“I would have to say my mom, Darralyn. She’s been a big influence on me my whole life, not only in sports but life in general. Growing up she taught me and the rest of my siblings great habits and great traits, how to act, basically how to perform like you’ve been there before, to have confidence in yourself. Be excited for what you’ve done.
“The main thing she taught us was to appreciate everything that you have and the opportunities that we’ve been given. Without her, I wouldn’t be here. My dad died of colon cancer when I was 12, and at the time we were homeschooled, the four siblings. If my dad had not gotten cancer, we were going to stay in home school throughout high school.
“When he died, my mom had to go back to work and be the sole provider and we went back to public school and that’s when I started playing high school sports and eventually football my senior year. She had to work two, sometimes three jobs at a time to pay the bills and put dinner on the table for us.
“If I’m ever feeling like I don’t want to work as hard as I should be, or I feel the slightest bit underappreciated for what I am doing or want to complain about anything, I always think back to what she sacrificed for us and that motivates me.”