Ten years ago Snoop Dogg started the Snoop Youth Football League in Southern California. Two years ago, the league celebrated when, for the first time, one of its alumni made it to the NFL as Ronnie Hillman was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
This year, that output tripled, as Snoop watched three alumni from his league make their way into the NFL. De’Anthony Thomas from Oregon was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of this year’s draft while Cal’s Kam Jackson and Washington’s Greg Ducre signed as undrafted free agents with the Colts and and Chargers respectively.
TMZ reports Snoop is not only extremely hands on in the league as a coach, but also the league’s primary financier. As a father who has tried his hand at coaching baseball and basketball, I have to simply tip my hat to Snoop, as the job is not an easy one. Snoop must be doing a great job though. Along with the alumni that have made their way into the pros, his son Cordell is a four-star recruiting prospect as a junior wide receiver with scholarship offers from football powerhouses like LSU, USC, Norte Dame and UCLA.
The Snoop League stresses the importance of education and already implements a rule that all its “1500-to-1700” players must maintain a 2.5 G.P.A, but in the future Snoop says he hopes to add a policy that players with a G.P.A of 3.0 or higher will get to play in the league for free.
I don’t want to delve into hyperbole because there are millions of other non-famous fathers, uncles, big brothers and whatever else dedicating their time and hard earned cash to similar causes. With that said, this is amazing on so many levels.
Southern California can be rough, and there are a million and ten ways for kids to take the wrong path and go askew, but Snoop is doing his part to make sure that he can prevent as many kids as possible from doing so. I don’t know the logistics, but financing a league that houses 1,700 children can not be cheap. Despite it being “just football” many people can testify to the fact having sports around to distract kids can do wonders.
Now having the track record of having produced NFL players – plural – the SYFL now has legitimacy as an football organization. But even if they hadn’t been the home of future NFL players, the fact that the league exists is enough.
There may be only four NFL players in its 10-year history, but the SYFL has more than likely kept countless youths from being led astray during their formative years, and that is infinitely more meaningful to not only the players involved, but the SoCal community as a whole.