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A surprise stop at Waupun starts the day

Posted by Aaron Popkey on May 15, 2013 – 11:09 am

Now on the second day, the Tailgate Tour is motoring along toward Beloit after making a surprise stop at Waupun Junior/Senior High School.

Now on the second day, the Tailgate Tour is motoring along toward Beloit after making a surprise stop at Waupun Junior/Senior High School.

The crew surprised more than 800 students at a school assembly and spoke to them about making goals and achieving their dreams, and how hard work and doing well in school are critical to their success.

Randall Cobb and Santana Dotson spoke about the topics, and Dotson stressed that showing up is a good start, but only half the effort. Working hard on the academic part of high school is crucial. He drew laughs telling the kids that osmosis learning through a book under a pillow is not the approach to take.

Aaron Taylor added that professional sports goals are worthy aspirations, but everyone needs to have an alternative goal. He and the other players would be ex-athletes for a much longer period in life, so each of them has to have a secondary career goal.

Aaron Taylor, Santana Dotson, and Randall Cobb stand with a fan

Aaron Taylor, Santana Dotson, and Randall Cobb stand with a fan — VIEW PHOTOS

Jarrett Bush has firsthand experience with an academic focus; many of his immediate family members have graduate degrees. So while he’s been successful in football, he has maintained a goal to obtain a master’s degree. And he had to work hard on academics through high school and college, but he put in the extra time and is positioned to continue with a career after football.

Some fun topics were broached, too, with Cobb revealing that among his hardest obstacles to overcome in high school was his love of sleep. He said it still is a challenge today at times.

When asked about early career aspirations other than football, Taylor recalled how he wanted to be a chef. Beyond him being a large fellow and liking to eat, he explained that he had a love of food and recipes, and even went as far as to prepare an intricate Thanksgiving meal as a 9-year-old. His mom did help.

Before throwing footballs to the students, the players did talk some football, too, with topics ranging from leaders on defense to aspirations of a Super Bowl.

As the crew got back on the bus to continue the day’s trip to Beloit, Mark Murphy noticed a news report on the TVs about OJ Simpson and said, “There’s a great example of what we were talking about to the students…you don’t want to end up there.”


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