Mother's Memory Drives Texas College Lineman - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

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."

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

  • KLTV SportsLocal SportsMore>>

  • NFL Draft 2017

    NFL Draft 2017

  • Red Zone Rundown: Whitehouse knows offense must be more consistent to win district title

    Red Zone Rundown: Whitehouse knows offense must be more consistent to win district title

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-08-17 03:58:46 GMT
    Whitehouse is looking forward to the 2017 campaign.Whitehouse is looking forward to the 2017 campaign.

    According to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine, Whitehouse will finish second in 17-5A this coming season. We'll see how it all shakes out, but the good news is, the Wildcats appear to be district title contenders once again. Since winning 12 games in 2013, head coach Adam Cook and company have racked up a total of 13 victories the past three seasons.

    More >>

    According to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine, Whitehouse will finish second in 17-5A this coming season. We'll see how it all shakes out, but the good news is, the Wildcats appear to be district title contenders once again. Since winning 12 games in 2013, head coach Adam Cook and company have racked up a total of 13 victories the past three seasons.

    More >>
  • Jason Witten to have college football award named after him

    Jason Witten to have college football award named after him

    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-08-17 04:14:28 GMT
    Witten to have college football award named after him.Witten to have college football award named after him.

    The inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year, presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb, will be awarded at the conclusion of the 2017 college football season. The award will recognize the College Football Bowl Subdivision player who has demonstrated a record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field.

    More >>

    The inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year, presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb, will be awarded at the conclusion of the 2017 college football season. The award will recognize the College Football Bowl Subdivision player who has demonstrated a record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly