NFL Stars Surprise Walk-on College Football Player With Full Scholarship
News| | By Brian Delpozo
New England Patriots superstars Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski took time out of their busy NFL schedules to help surprise walk-on college football player Justus Parker with a full scholarship.
Parker, a redshirt sophomore at Texas Tech, walked on to the football team and had a breakout year out of the blue. The defensive back played in all 12 games this year, starting six, and recorded 42 tackles and a fumble return for a TD. For his effort, he was named Second-Team All-Big 12.
— Kliff Kingsbury (@TTUKingsbury) December 18, 2017
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, in a video shared on Twitter, told his players that he had a special message for them. He then played a video featuring Amendola — a Texas Tech alum who was also walked on the football team — addressing the team via video from the Patriots’ team plane. Amendola specifically singled out Parker, lauding the standout walk-on player for his work ethic.
Amendola then introduced his teammate, superstar tight end Gronkowski, who announced that Parker is being awarded a full scholarship to Texas Tech. Upon Gronk’s announcement, Parker was mobbed by his teammates, who jubilantly celebrated the news.
— JP (@justus_parker) December 18, 2017
Parker himself took to Twitter to thank Amendola and Gronkowski and express how thankful he is for the scholarship and opportunity to attend Texas Tech.
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