Chandler Smith grew up being told that he would never accomplish his dream of being a Division 1 athlete.
At 5’8″ tall and 195 pounds, Chandler was on the small side to be one of the “greats.” Yet even as a high school athlete he was determined, putting his faith in God and working non-stop to achieve his goals. After being accepted onto the University of Houston football team, Chandler continued to make a name for himself on the field.
“Telling myself I’m going to be a Division I athlete there were so many people telling me what I couldn’t do,” Chandler said. “Teachers, coaches telling me what I couldn’t do. Having that leap of faith and faith in God that I could do anything I put my mind to, for it to finally happen is why we do this and play this game.”
Chandler sat on the bench for his entire freshman year in college. Sophomore year he saw more action, playing in 8 games and even scoring two touchdowns during one game. “I didn’t think I was going to play last year, but I had to always be ready,” he said. “Then when my number was called you have to step up to the plate.”
At the start of Chandler’s junior year the team’s management pulled him aside and dropped a life-altering, and career-affirming offer in his lap: After three years on the team as a walk-on running back, Smith was being given a full scholarship!
Watch Richard’s reaction to his son’s huge news in the video at the top of the page, and don’t forget to share.
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