After winning a national championship together at Florida State, Telvin Smith and Falcons Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman teamed up again last week in Valdosta, Ga., where Smith, who played high school football at Lowndes, held Game Changer Youth Day for the town's young football players and cheerleaders.
"It's great," Smith, now a Jaguars linebacker, told the Tallahassee Democrat. "[B]ut at the same time, it's better to see the people that are behind the kids, and want to come out and be a part of it."
Smith and Freeman were joined by three more FSU alums in Tyler Hunter, Lonnie Pryor and Rashad Greene. Three current Seminoles — Malik Henry, Malique Jackson and Travis Rudolph — helped out, too.
As the activities drew to a close, Freeman had an opportunity to share an inspiring message with the kids — one that materialized as he rose from the Miami projects to the ACC and, eventually, the NFL.
"I just want to tell y'all: Go after whatever you want in life," Freeman said, via Tallahassee.com. "Whatever it is — it can be football, it can be basketball, school. Whatever you want to do in life, you can achieve it. Don't let anybody ever tell you what you can and can't do."
Based on social media reaction, Freeman's presence seemed to be appreciated.