Alec Ogletree has been playing football since he was 5 years old.
It had been his dream for 16 years to play in the NFL.
He is now 24 years old and plays linebacker for the St. Louis Rams.
“It’s a blessing to be on this stage,” Ogletree said. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity. It’s been a long road to get here.”
Sean Taylor, a professional football player, who played safety for the Washington Redskins inspired Ogletree to pursue football as a career. Sean played college football at the University of Miami.
“I wanted to be like Sean,” he said. “He was a great football player.”
Taylor was nicknamed “Meast” (half man, half beast) by several of his Redskins teammates because of his ferocious hits.
He was 24 when he was killed in 2007.
Ogletree grew up wanting to play football at the University of Miami, but he ended up at the University of Georgia.
Like Taylor, he dreams of making his mark in the NFL.
“I want to be one of the greatest Rams to have ever played,” Ogletree said. “I want to be one of the best linebackers to ever play this game.”
Ogletree hopes to be a Hall of Fame player.
“I work hard everyday,” he said.
He wears number 52 with the Rams.
The University of Georgia college graduate has a degree in human development. He does not mind the snow that St. Louis gets.
He has three things that he does to unwind. He watches the football television show “Ballers,” he watches Tom and Jerry cartoons and he attends his favorite amusement park Six Flags.
“‘Ballers’ is a pretty cool show,” he said. “I like it a lot.”
This football player off the field is laid back, not a big talker and fun to be around. He believes in letting his actions speak for him.
He has a twin brother named Alexander, who he calls Xander.
“Xander is more outgoing than I am,” he said.
Xander is currently a high school football coach.
Before Xander was a football coach, he played high school and college football with his twin brother.
They have two older sisters.
“It was great to make football memories with my brother,” Ogletree said. “It was great to win games with him on the field.”
Ogletree hopes to transition to a football coach like his twin.
“I studied human development in college,” he said. “It will help me with coaching in the future. I enjoyed learning about different personalities. I see myself as more of a people watcher.”
This people watcher loves to relax by going fishing.
“A lot of people think fishing is boring, but it isn’t,” Ogletree said. “It’s so relaxing. You never know what you’re going to catch.”
Here is what Ogletree would tell the teen version of himself:
“I would tell him to go to school and do your work,” Ogletree said. “You can always use a good education.”
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