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Calhoun preaches to athletes to focus on life after sports

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 6:15 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Every college athlete wants to play pro ball, but it doesn’t happen that often.

Reggie Calhoun knows that all too well.

He played for Louisiana College and graduated in 2012. After graduation, Reggie trained to play in the NFL.

He didn’t make it, but he found his calling in other places.

“I just wanted to be a vessel that shows them that there’s so much more into college than you realize,” Calhoun said.

Reggie found inspiration in 2015 to start a football program. His dream grew into an entire school.

In 2017, Calhoun launched RPA College Prep in Arlington, TX with a goal of educating young athletes.

“Instead of saying I have a plan b, let’s just have an overall life plan,” Calhoun. “What’s going to happen when football ends? What’s going to happen when basketball ends? We’re always being taught that football and basketball will end.”

Through the prep school, he’s aiming to open eyes. He wants his players to see the reality of life after sports.

“I wanted to be able to show them that in this big dream they have, a lot of things are going to happen,” Calhoun said. “Every piece of the journey is a small piece compared to the overall thing.”

NCAA.com says that football athletes have a 2% chance of going pro.

Even though it’s a real message, Reggie understands many won’t listen.

“I understand that when you’re going against the grain, you have to do it from the heart because they’re not going to receive it upfront until they get into the mix,” Calhoun said. “I understand that they won’t get it on the front end because I’m going against everything that they’ve been taught their whole journey of trying to go to the next level.”

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