Beating the Odds, Against All Odds

BUNKIE, La. (KALB) - At six-years-old, Bunkie wide receiver Jyrien Washington started playing football but nine years ago, a new member was added to his team.

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“I was shocked and emotional,” Washington said. “I cried for a month because I wasn’t ready for it, but I am now.”

Although he was caught off guard with the birth of his daughter, she is the reason why he has changed for the better.

“Before I had a baby, I used to get in a lot of trouble. When she came, she really changed my life around,” Washington said.

“[Jyrien] He has a lot more responsibility than a lot of kids do, and with his daughter, sometimes that takes time away that other kids might have towards football or something else,” Bunkie head coach Nick Pujol said.

Coach Pujol even added that his maturity has made him a better player on the field.

“It’s really helped him mature a lot, and I think the results are showing on the football field and also in school,” Pujol said.

In last week’s game, Washington showed out by finishing with 159 yards rushing, 96 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

Despite his sporadic blackouts, that forces him to wear a heart monitor occasionally, he still loves to grind out with his boys at practice every week.

“We have fun, but we do what we have to do to win games,” Washington said.

A great brotherhood is great, but what do you do when you have no college offers and the odds are stacked up against you?

“They can keep sleeping because I’m going to do me regardless,” Washington said. “I know what I can do."

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