From drug abuse, to multiple arrests, to homelessness, to a top spot in the 2017 NFL Draft? Garett Bolles’ rise to success has been truly extraordinary, earning the newly signed offensive tackle comparisons to Carolina Panthers player Michael Oher and the prodigal son of the Bible.
Bolles, who shined during his single season playing for the University of Utah, was chosen by the Denver Broncos as the 20th overall pick Thursday night. Bolles shared the exciting moment with his 4-month-old son, Kingston.
Speaking to ESPN 2 Thursday night, 24-year-old Bolles, a Mormon, credited his amazing comeback to God and the loving family who took him under their wing when he was at his lowest point.
“I’m here by the grace of God. And the Freeman family, who took me in,” Bolles said.
He also shared some words of encouragement for young people who find themselves in desperate situations:
“Those kids that struggle with anything — I’m reaching out to all those kids and saying, you know what? It does not matter where you start. It matters how you finish.”
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