With two Super Bowl rings and a successful decade-long career in the NFL, Asante Samuel still had one more accomplishment on his wish list: to finish the credits needed to complete his college degree. The Atlanta Falcons corner back recently returned to his alma mater, the University of Central Florida, to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies with a minor in Sociology and Education.
Here, Samuel shares how he hopes his story will inspire a younger generation and how mentoring has been his way of giving back to his community.
Samuel on whether or not he’d always thought about going back to school:
It started crossing my mind my sixth year in the league. I started doing my homework on it and went to attack it. When I first enrolled in college back in the day I was a business major. To make sure I could finish up this time around and make it fit my schedule I changed my major to Interdisciplinary studies and took online classes. So that made it easier for me. I didn’t take too many classes during the season. I would take one class during the season and load up more during the off-season so I could make sure I had more time.
What he’s going to do with his degree:
I don’t know if I’ll ever use it, but I got it just in case. I’d like to work with kids you know, to show them how to attack life and learn how to be successful.
You can read the rest over on Essence.com. The good thing about Samuel going to college is that he’s actually finishing something he started which is so important.
Did you take off some time and then go back to school? How were you able to balance school and your everyday work/family life?