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10/29/7 - Tyler

Mother's Memory Drives Texas College Lineman

More than twenty NFL Scouts have come out to see Texas College's Fred Tucker, whose football career has taken him from Houston to New Mexico, to Georgia, and finally Tyler. Turning pro has always been his goal, but when his mother passed away, he became even more focused.

"You kind of question a lot of things when you lose your mother. You lose a part of you, and you really just have to just weigh your priorities and see what you were meant to do. You have to put them in perspective and take them from there."

Fred starred at the University of New Mexico, but gave up college football to return to Houston to take care of his mom. When she passed away in May of 2006, it was a shock to everyone.

"You're thinking it's just a routine trip to the emergency room, and she just didn't make it out that day. It was a big loss, we took it really hard in the family. We were able to move on by doing the things she would have wanted us to do. "

"That's what really inspires me to do what I'm doing today."

Fred returned to college to play football and get his degree, and his journey led him to Texas College, where his uncle, former NFL player Broderick Thomas recommended.

"It's a blessing. I thank God every day for having this opportunity to come out here to Texas College. I think she really would have loved it. My grandmother tells me all the time that if she would have known, she would have been happy with the way things have gone."

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