I was born and raised in Oakland, California. I am the youngest of three siblings, with two older brothers. They helped me understand the importance of perseverance, as well as staying positive and optimistic in tough times, even in failure. Several mentors and athletic coaches across multiple sports have supported me along my journey. They taught me to stay humble and always remember where I came from. Growing up around crime and violence motivated me to create a different path for myself. One of the quotes that I live by is dare to be different. I have always been a hard worker, I always believed in my ability to succeed in sports, school, and most importantly life.
After high school, I attended the University of Washington (UW) on a full ride scholarship to play football for the Huskies. While at UW, I was on the Dean's List, I was named Team Captain, I won the Lifter of the Year award, as well as Student Athlete of the Year and Community Service awards
In 2015, I was undrafted to the San Francisco 49ers and played alongside some of the most accomplished NFL players. While with the 49ers, I also allowed my passion for serving the community and people to flourish as I was awarded the Community Service Outreach award.