Homeless Fort Worth Teen To Play College Football Without Ever Playing A Varsity Game – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Leslie Adindu, a senior at Arlington Heights High School, signed his letter of intent to play college football this week.
It’s a great feat for any student athlete, but it means everything to Adindu.
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You wouldn’t know, but he had never recorded a soccer ball until 2019.
That’s because until then he lived in Nigeria, where they don’t play American football.
“I couldn’t throw it,” said Adindu. “I just threw it.”
The team’s coach, Charles Perry, saw Adindu in PE, knew he had potential and convinced him to give the sport a try.
“It’s the Cinderella thing you hope for,” said Perry. “When we started I mean he couldn’t even get into the pose.”
He played for two games on the junior college team last year.
But then COVID-19 hit and the team went home to continue training virtually. But when Adindu didn’t sign up, they wondered what had happened. They thought he might have moved back to Africa.
Then they learned that he lived in downtown Union Gospel Mission.
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He became homeless after he and his father had an argument and his father moved out of the state.
“The reason we came here is because of better opportunities, so I didn’t want to leave that as an excuse because I know what I came for,” Adindu said.
If he hadn’t been through enough, the UIL rules forbade him to play football for Arlington Heights this year because of his age. He was 19 years old two weeks early.
So the coaches made a highlight tape of him in practice games and sent it to various universities.
“In a situation like this, you hope a school will come in and take a risk for a child,” Perry said.
A handful got in touch, including Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, where he signed his letter of intent this week.
“This is a story you’d love to hear,” Perry said.
Adindu will tell you that he is not showing any emotion. But he said there was one thing he just couldn’t believe.
“That I really signed a letter of intent to play college ball,” he said.
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