Long Road Out - Tampa Bay Times - Cause Beautiful

The NFL says that every year, about 100,000 high school seniors play football. Of those, about 9,000 make it onto a college team, half on a Division I scholarship. In the end, only 215 will sign an NFL contract. Fred didn't dwell on those numbers. His talent on the gridiron was his only way out. His single mom had eight kids and nine grandkids, made minimum wage working with Alzheimer's patients and at a Family Dollar store. Without a scholarship, Fred wouldn't be able to go to college. Without college, he would probably never leave Pahokee. For the full story click here.

Cinematographers: Melissa Lyttle, Chris Zuppa   Reporter: Lane DeGregory   Editor: Luanne Dietz