Former Liberty Flames football player Rashad Jennings returned to campus this week to speak with current student-athletes alongside RISE to Vote.
RISE to Vote is a nonpartisan initiative that partners with athletics teams, conferences, community groups and leagues to improve civic engagement. Jennings, who was inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018, shared the importance of voting with Liberty's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) on Tuesday evening at the new Liberty University School of Business.
After Jennings shared with the group, student-athletes were given the opportunity to respond by registering to vote and taking a pledge to vote: RISEtoVote.org/pledge.
Jennings played in the NFL for seven years, rushing for 3,772 yards and 23 touchdowns with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-12), Oakland Raiders (2013) and New York Giants (2014-16).
RISE to Vote educates professional and collegiate athletes on how to vote and why it matters, empowers them by amplifying their platform and facilitates engagement with their fans. RISE to Vote launched in June 2017 with the NFL's Miami Dolphins and has spread across the country.
Jennings also answered questions and engaged with student-athletes following the presentation at his alma mater. In addition to his football career, he gained fame for winning ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2017.
During his playing days at Liberty (2006-08), Jennings finished his senior year by rushing for a program and Big South-record 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. He ranked No. 5 nationally in rushing yards per game (136.36), No. 6 in scoring (10.36 points per game) and No. 16 in average all-purpose yards per game (153.64).
Jennings, a two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Year, was a consensus first-team All-American and finished eighth in the final voting for the 2008 Walter Payton Award.
During his career, Jennings rushed for 3,633 yards, which ranks second best in program history, while setting a new program and Big South standard with 42 career rushing touchdowns. His 278 career points scored are the most ever by a Liberty student-athlete and the second most by a non-kicking player in conference history.
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