Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Rashad Fenton may be an NFL champion, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots. Right before he played in the Super Bowl, Fenton tweeted that he used to work at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium when growing up—and now he would be playing in the Super Bowl There.
Well, Fenton can now say he’s won the Super Bowl at the place he used to make pizza and pour beer.
I Legit used to work at the Dolphin stadium growing up, And Now i will be Partaking in the Worlds Biggest Event there. God Works In Mysterious Ways🙏🏾🙌🏾 #SuperBowl54
— Rashad Fenton (@_sleepp) January 20, 2020
Fenton, the Chiefs’ sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft, grew up nearby the stadium.
“I used to work here every weekend,” Fenton said. “I was making beers, making pizzas from scratch. Now I’m a world champion here. It’s surreal.”
Fenton attended Miami Norland Senior High School for ninth and tenth grades and Carol City High School in Miami Gardens, where one in four residents live below the poverty line. According to ESPN, the job at Hard Rock for Miami Dolphins games was mandatory volunteer work assigned by his coaches at Miami Norland.
“I still remember making hot dogs. I did nachos, filled up sodas and passed out peanuts,” said Fenton.
“That was my weekend, week in and week out. I’m here for a different reason right now. Something far greater is destined for me,” he continued.
“I know at any moment I could still be in those shoes. My life could have taken a different path and I could have been working the concessions during the Super Bowl trying to make some money watching these guys. But I’m here. So I understand to never take this for granted. That definitely fuels my fire.”
Fenton is the son of Bahamian and Jamaican immigrants. He celebrated his football win with his mother, who still lives in the same house four minutes away from the stadium.
“Guys like Rashad, we need his stories because he represents hope,” said Aubrey Hill, one of Fenton’s high school coaches. “Kids need hope here because of their daily hardships. There can be gun violence in your neighborhood, but someone is going to the Super Bowl, that’s hope. If mom or dad isn’t there and they’re being raised by a grandparent, they need hope. They need hope from the people like Rashad. He’s a constant reminder for the kid who’s been beaten down and needs positive reinforcement.”