Gerald Everett is a dedicated player who never gives up and always strives to be the best on the football field.
Despite his recent success, Gerald began his college football journey taking an unusual path.
As a native of Lithonia, Georgia, a town near Atlanta, Gerald began his sports career in high school. Initially, at Martin Luther King Jr. High School he was on the basketball and track and field team.
Back then, he was starting to rack up awards as a 3-year letter winner in basketball. For his senior year, he transferred to Columbia High School where he played football. At Columbia he earned numerous awards including All-State and All-Region honors.
Despite the accolades and excellent performance, Gerald was not getting the offers from colleges like he had expected because he had little on the field experience.
Eventually, Gerald got selected by Bethune-Cookman, an FCS program. He decided to reject it to go play for a Junior College hoping to get noticed by an FBS program. Gerald was determined to achieve his dreams no matter what route it took.
Fortunately, Gerald's gamble paid off and he got the attention of many colleges in the FBS league. Initially, he got an opportunity with the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) where he performed well and started to build a strong reputation.
However, this was not to last long since the UAB decided to shutdown its football program because of financial issues.
Despite this setback, Gerald did not make any excuses and went onto follow one of the coordinators to the South Alabama (SA) Jaguars.
There he worked even harder as a tight end to achieve his dreams. As a result, he was able to earn many awards including the All Sunbelt Honors along with invitations to the 2017 Reese Senior Bowl and becoming a semi-finalist for the John Mackey award.
Besides accoloades, Gerald also achieved an incredible track record with 717 receiving yards and 49 receives in the 2016 season. He also got 12 and 4 touchdowns in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, respectively. As a result of his track record, he is on the NFL draft radar and has the potential to be taken in the 2017 draft. If selected, he would be the first SA player to make the NFL.
Other than awards, one of Gerald's best traits is his perseverance and selfless attitude. His hard work and rigorous athletic training at the Atlanta Sports Complex throughout his college years gave him mental and physical boost to help him and his team, the SA Jaguars, win their first ever bowl. Gerald also decided to play in spite of injuries to his pinky finger to help his team finish out the 2016 season.
As a native of Atlanta and member of the Atlanta Sports Complex, Gerald serves as an incredible example to fellow members. Everyday, members face numerous challenges and obstacles to achieving their goals just like Gerald.
The extensive training Gerald received from the Atlanta Sports Complex to help him reach his goals can also give fellow members the boost they need to achieve theirs.