Derrius Guice still motivated by father's promise

Brian Tinsman
July 26, 2018 - 10:12 pm
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Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice's running style has been described as balanced, violent and fast.

He runs with a lot on his mind, not the least of which is a plan that his father had for him before he was gunned down when Derrius was just 7 years old. 

It's a memory that has stuck with Guice every time he crossed a goal line in high school, college and now as he enters his first NFL Training Camp. He explained to Darren Haynes on WUSA-9:

"I'm just trying to make the most out of every situation and every opportunity that I've gotten since my dad passed," he said. "I wish he could see this, man. I wish he could live this with me. He always told me that if he was still alive, my first touchdown, he was going to run down on the field with me; if it happened at LSU, high school, whatever it may have been, he was going to run down on the field.

"I just wish I could've really experienced that. Even though I did with his spirit, I just really wanted to score and just literally look and see him still running. I've had to just pitch that in my head, him being with me, and it's tough because it just weighs on me sometimes. I really miss my dad, man. My whole family, my brother, all of our lives would be a lot different if my dad was still here.

"My life would still be the same. I would've still did the same stuff, but with everybody else and everything else, it would've been a lot different."

 

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