"It's always great to come back. It's hard to make the cross country trips, especially with six little ones, but it always brings back great memories anytime you're back and certain places you go on campus over at Carter-Finley that it brings back a lot of great memories.
"I was married during my time here. I had my first child during my time here. I really went from just a young, eager, you know, loved to play football kid from north Alabama, and under the four year span here at NC State, was able to make a career out of it. Certainly all of these special memories had a huge impact on my life.
"The Rivers of Hope Foundation my wife and I started a few years ago to help unwanted, abandoned children in the foster care system. The ultimate goal is to match them with a forever family. A forever mom and dad. You know, there are many existing organizations and groups that we partner with that are already ahead of us with some of those same goals in mind. Really just to give them hope, you know? Whether it be a birthday gift, or a baseball glove so they can play in the little league, or paying for them to go on a class trip that they may otherwise not be able to go on. Really anything that just gives them hope that tomorrow's a better day, that somebody does care and then the ultimate hope that one day they can have a forever mom and dad.
"I still have that same love for NC State all the way out in San Diego. It's very special to our family. You know, we pull for NC State hard on Saturdays and certainly keep up and wear the red and white proud out there. As a young kid in north Alabama NC State wasn't a big name necessarily. I can tell you now that out in San Diego it's well known and a big time place and I'm certainly proud that I was a part of it."