Former FAU walk-on & NFL hopeful Gerald Hearns giving back, even at his own graduation
West Palm Beach (CBS12) —
As players declare themselves eligible for the NFL Draft, nobody has a more positive attitude, more backup plans, more capability and desire to give back to the world than FAU graduate Gerald Hearns. It's amazing for a guy who grew up with very little to start with.
The Owls walk-on running back threw his own graduation party over the weekend, and that had nothing to do with ego. Hearns, who also declared himself eligible for the NFL draft, wanted to recognize everyone who helped inspire him along the way. The Student Aces program, for one, who helped him be a leader since his days at Dwyer High School. Gerald also sits on their board of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, helped build Palm Beach County homes for those in need.
"Each and every day I'm becoming a better version of myself," says Hearns. "And at the end of teh day, whether it's football, life or business, it's not about me."
Hearns has also found the time to start his own clothing line called "Brick by Brick" , a metaphor to his life growing up in Riviera Beach, and having to work for everything he's earned.
"To have a vision to compete against Nike, Under Armour or Adidas," says Hearns with a smile.
It's that *think big* mentality that *also* has Hearns hoping to catch the eyes of scouts at FAU Pro Day. Hoping to go from an FAU walk on from Dwyer ...to playing for an NFL team .....once again overcoming the odds through hard work, passion and devotion.
"Honestly, it's any way that I can contribute," says Hearns. "Even if I only got one carry (at FAU) I'd run it back. I'd never take it personally. It's more so, once I get an opportunity to make the most of it."
And to Gerald, it's also about giving the most back to everyone around him.