Roman Gabriel III was the first RG3 in the NFL, and the first Asian American quarterback to start in the NFL. Although he had a solid career in pro football his true passion was helping out youngsters. After he retired from the NFL he became the founder and president of Sold Out School Alcohol Abstinence Education Program, which focuses on informing young kids and teens about the dangers of alcohol and the potential they have for success if they take advantage of positive opportunities.
On Thursday, November 20 took his message to Craven County to speak to hundreds of kids willing to listen to his message and apply it to their lives. During his speech he encouraged those in the audience to take a four-part pledge in which they promise to themselves not to partake in alcohol or drug use.
“Our goal is to use kids to be catalyst for change,” said Gabriel III. “Yes we want students to find out what their dreams and goals are, but we also teach that they must make a plan to reach those goals. It’s not about finding their passion, and not about finding their passion, but encouraging others and begin a positive role model.”
Gabriel III was a two-time ACC Player of the Year in 1960 and 1961 while playing at NC State and played in the NFL from 1962 to 1977 with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. During his NFL career he was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a First-Team All-Pro in 1969. In 1969 he was also named the NFL MVP, winning every player of the year award that year.
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