For me, I started here at Liberty University in 2006. I sat down with Dr. Jerry Falwell himself, he looked at me in my eyes and he said, “You’re going to be the reason why we start to turn this program around to one day beating Notre Dame.” I shook his hand and said, “I promise I’m going to do my part.”
Our football team was here when there was astroturf, like we didn’t even have an away locker room for teams. DeMoss was the newest building built on campus when I was here. Like, we thought that was it. We like, “Yo, this university’s growing.” That’s how long ago it was. Not even long ago, but that’s how quick the university grew.
For me, getting my jersey retired means so much. It means the world to me. Not just even to me, but everybody that was a part. Like, I didn’t do it by myself. We have, I have people believing in me before I knew who I was. For me to think that the jersey retirement is about myself would be ignorant. This jersey retirement is a staple of a group of men that came together and committed to something bigger than themselves.
Liberty University is majorly important to our culture today because of what we represent. And so to culture, where morality is being challenged constantly, you need a backbone, and Liberty provides that.