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Ex-NFL Player Steve Grant Visits Magnolia

By Staff | Oct 26, 2016

Photo by Bruce Crawford Former WVU Mountaineer and NFL player Steve Grant gets a picture taken with MHS freshman Teran Malone.

Former WVU Mountaineer and NFL performer Steve Grant visited Magnolia High School’s students and gave an outstanding presentation, by Sports World Pro, inside the MHS gymnasium Oct. 19. Before introducing Steve Grant to the student body, MHS Principal Kathi Schmaltz asked junior Autumn Cecil lead the student body in the song Country Roads.

Grant played for the West Virginia Mountaineers and went on to play in the NFL, with the Indianapolis Colts, and ended his professional career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Grant spoke about consequences of life issues relevant to students, such as choices, academic excellence, identity, relationships, peer pressure acceptance and achieving their dreams.

Grant also spoke of the one thing that the students don’t have over their elders, their age – the knowledge that elders have over them and the “been there, done that” philosophy.

Grant went on to tell the students that he knew he was going to play professional football when he was seven-years-old. He had a dream and a goal to get there, but it came hard. He stated he wasn’t much as a student in high school, not hanging around the good students and believing his athletic ability would get him through. He never asked questions and never made the right choices most of the time.

It wasn’t until Grant went to WVU that he turned himself around. He went from a 2.0 student to graduate WVU in three and a half years with a 3.2 average. From there, he knew if he wanted to be successful and play in the NFL, he better wisen up and start asking questions to help him learn. He used everything at his disposal – starting with studying, using tutors and hanging with the right people.

Grant told MHS students many different things that he has seen and heard. He used the saying “You’re not born a winner, and you’re not born a loser; you’re born a chooser.” Grant encouraged students to hang out with a good person, not someone that will them down and make bad decisions.

Grant encouraged students to have goals – to have a starting place, direction, and know how far they want to go.

“You will have obstacles in your life, and you must choose wisely and take advantage of your education now,”

Grant noted that the top four obstacles are sex, drugs, alcohol and relationships/media.

He reminded students to choose wisely, not sell themselves; he told them they could be whatever they want to be if they make the right decisions and hang out with the right people.

“You don’t want to choose a donkey over a thoroughbred.”

In essence, Grant reminded students that if they hang out with the right person, they will become wise. “Good friends take you up the elevator, and bad friends will take you down.”