NFL's LeBlanc starts mentoring program at Belle Glade middle school

Chicago Bear cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc arrives at Lake Shore Middle School. (WPEC)

The Glades has provided a number of NFL football players. But many, many more, never get out of the muck.

A mistake almost cost Cre'Von LeBlanc his chance. Now the Chicago Bears cornerback is doing everything he can, to help young kids in the Glades make the right decisions.

"People getting shot every day, stores getting robbed, this is a bad area," says LeBlanc. "Kids see the real world when they leave this school."

LeBlanc lived that life as a kid growing up in Belle Glade. And he got caught up in trouble of his own in high school. He and three teammates were suspended for allegedly forcing a female student into a sex act into a school bathroom. The heavily recruited LeBlanc lost all his offers.

FAU would eventually give him a lifeline, and now he's an NFL player.

"I'm starting to get the guts to put that aside. The past is the past and be more focused on the kids. No matter what happened to me, it's not about me anymore."

LeBlanc was welcomed at Lake Shore Middle School in Belle Glade Thursday afternoon. He is starting an after school mentoring program through his Strap4it Foundation. The program has a number of topics, including school tutoring, health and wellness, financial literacy and life goals.

"When I was growing up, we kinda had to figure it out on our own. It's time to put an end to that."

LeBlanc knows what it takes to grow up on Belle Glades streets, and become a success. It's hard to pick a better mentor, than him.

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