Deebo Samuel goes home to SC to inspire, motivate kids

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) is tackles by Atlanta Falcons safety Richie...
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) is tackles by Atlanta Falcons safety Richie Grant (27) and Atlanta Falcons linebacker Rashaan Evans (54) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 28-14. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)(John Bazemore | AP)
Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 10:02 AM EST
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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (AP) - Deebo Samuel spends plenty of time going back to his hometown for a purpose.

The All-Pro wide receiver grew up in a tough environment in South Carolina. Football became his path to success, so he wants to inspire children who look up to him as a role model.

“I don’t go back for the older people that I grew up with,” Samuel said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. “I really go back to show the kids there’s still hope, there’s a chance. This is where I came from. So in reality, people say it’s kind of hard to make it out, which is true. But if you put your mind to anything, you’re capable of anything in life. You’re capable of anything as long as you hone in on that task and what you really want out of life, you put yourself in a position to fulfill your dream.”

Samuel played at Chapman High School in Inman, starred at the University of South Carolina and was selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

“Growing up where I went, where I came from, it wasn’t easy at all. But as I got to high school, I kind of I kind of told myself I have a chance of being a real professional. Then getting to college and all the injuries and things that I suffered, you kind of had a doubt. But then again, you have to look back and be like this is really what I want to do in life. This is what I wanted to become,” he said. “And my last year of college ball, like I had a full season and then I went to the Super Bowl. In reality, dreams come true.”