Former New York Giants star Lee Rouson recently spoke to the students at Mount Olive Middle School to motivate them into being the best people they can be as they learn what direction they want to take in life. The school is especially dear to Rouson, who had four children graduate from Mount Olive High School nearby, and he tries to bring in new guests to the middle school on the last Friday of every month to come and inspire the kids. The Vice Principal, Nick Cutro, made a statement that by creating this program with Rouson he has been able to make a huge impact on the children and is helping them to grow up into well-balanced, productive members of society. Rouson’s powerful message of never giving up and to keep moving forward, “keep moving the chains”, has resonated well with the kids since he started doing this in January.
The Elizabeth City, North Carolina native began playing football in high school and eventually attended the University of Colorado where he earned the Freshman All Big Eight team honors. While playing for the Buffaloes, he also made 4th on the list of their all-time leading rushers and was an honorable mention for the All Big Eight Player of the Year. He entered the 1985 NFL Draft and was selected by the New York Giants in the 8th round, and even though he didn’t get to play much his first season he made up for it the following year. After five seasons with the New York Giants, he spent his final season in 1990 as a tight end for the Cleveland Browns before retiring for good.
Rouson has recently gotten a position working for Mount Olive Middle School in New Jersey, where he is striving to make a positive impact on young minds as often as he can be telling his story of adversity while they are still young and impressionable.
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