The Baltimore Sun has a nice profile of Kirkwood's Brandon Williams, who was just drafted by the Baltimore Ravens National Football League team as a defensive lineman.
And the punchline? Williams spent the last summer hauling and cleaning portable toilets. Here's the money line, prominently featured near the top of the Sun's profile:
"Sometimes, you got a little poop on you," Williams told the Sun. "Every time I was doing that, I said to myself, 'I gotta work harder, I'm not doing this the rest of my life.' It motivated me to get better."
Williams was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Ravens and was the 94th overall pick in the draft.
Growing up in Kirkwood, Mo., Williams was raised by his mother, Shelly Washington. A single parent, she toiled away on factory lines and drove a bus.
For roughly six months while Williams was a freshman in high school, the family was homeless. They stored most of their belongings in their car, finding places to stay with various family members until their economic situation improved.
The Sun said Williams graduated from Rockwood Summit High School.
Read the full profile here.