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Playoffs
05-29-2014, 01:00 PM
Video from FOX26: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/25625560/texans-rookie-anthony-denham-says-football-helped-changed-his-life

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Anthony Denham's road took him 'to hell and back' (http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-texans/post/_/id/5764/anthony-denhams-road-took-him-to-hell-and-back?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)

“What’s harder is what’s best,” Denham said. “What’s easy is not the way. It don’t take nothing to drop out. It don’t take nothing to choose the wrong path. You don’t have to think to do certain things. When you’re thinking, you’re on the right path. When you’re thinking, your mind is good. Just stay focused and maintain your goals. Set them. Set goals.”

That mentality took a while for Denham to develop. He grew up in Pasadena, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. In addition to his mother’s drug problems, he had no contact with his father. His mother was in and out of jail during his childhood.

In elementary school, wanting to be like his older brothers and cousins, there were days when he didn’t get up to go to school. He guesses he missed school more than he attended in fifth and sixth grade.

One day Denham’s great grandmother had enough of his mother’s inability to take care of her children. She called child protective services and had them removed. 11-year-old Anthony Denham was taken from his family and placed into foster care, he often felt alone.
"When I moved into the foster home, just being around everybody that wasn’t like me, not being from that culture, I was just like, 'What’s the point?'" Denham said. "'Everybody’s different. I don’t fit in this area because it’s predominantly Hispanic.' I was like, 'I could at any moment just leave.' But I didn’t do that. I stayed positive and just focused. I had a goal. My goal was to do my best and make it to the NFL."
He passed the classes he took in high school, but was missing a core class he needed to qualify to play at a Division 1 college. So Denham went to East Los Angeles College instead, and worked his way up to a Division I program.

"Very shy, very reserved kid that didn’t talk much," said Nick Garrett, then an assistant at East L.A. College who recruited Denham. "Just kind of kept to himself a lot. He had a hard time trusting people and dealing with people. ... My impressions of Anthony, he’s a quiet kid, very respectful kid. Once you earn his trust he would run through a brick wall for you."

He became a two-time junior college All-American, the top receiver in junior college and earned scholarship offers from a handful of schools. He chose Utah
"I see [my mother's] situation and I know sometimes you can’t beat drugs. It’s really up to her. It’s all in her head. She’s been in and out of jail a majority of my life, but every time she sees me she can’t do nothing but cry...

" ... I look at it all the time like, man, I’ve been through hell and back. Honestly, I’ve really been there. I’ve always managed to find positive and upside to every negative situation. You know what they say in math, a negative and a negative is a positive. So everything that happened negative turned into the situation I have today."

A'ight, I'm pulling for this kid. Geez.

DocBar
05-29-2014, 01:04 PM
Video from FOX26: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/25625560/texans-rookie-anthony-denham-says-football-helped-changed-his-life

http://dy.snimg.com/story-image/6/13/4566967/213247-0-600.jpg

Anthony Denham's road took him 'to hell and back' (http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-texans/post/_/id/5764/anthony-denhams-road-took-him-to-hell-and-back?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)






A'ight, I'm pulling for this kid. Geez.No kidding. X2 pulling for him.

CloakNNNdagger
05-29-2014, 11:12 PM
Count me in, too!

badboy
05-29-2014, 11:22 PM
Good looking upper physique. I love hearing stories not only about the kid but someone helping. Sorry that grandma couldn't raise him and he went foster care but definitely better than what mom was doing.

mussop
05-29-2014, 11:52 PM
Wow, really hope he makes it.

Playoffs
08-17-2014, 11:36 AM
Play(s) of the game vs Falcons go to TE Anthony Denham as he makes two impressive blocks on this play...

Video Highlight: Denham blocks punt (http://www.houstontexans.com/tv-media/videos/Highlights-Denham-blocks-punt/4313be2f-e9b8-494d-a65b-6bcf80bfb36d)

Watch it through, track #81 and see what he does to Falcons #33 to spring the TD.

1 blocked punt + 1 TD block + 6 = 8 points for the UDFA rookie. :clap:

xtruroyaltyx
08-17-2014, 12:12 PM
Denham was a monster on that play.

That's how you make a football team.

Playoffs
12-03-2014, 06:49 PM
Head Coach Bill O’Brien (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Quotes-Wednesday-practice/34b32b90-3bc5-42dc-bd1d-0d7d89798cf8)

(on bringing up TE Anthony Denham from the practice squad) “Any time you have a chance to bring a guy up from the practice squad that’s really deserving, whether it was Max Bullough or Anthony Denham, I think those are good phone calls. He’s a guy that’s really worked hard. He has to continue to work hard because he’s still obviously a very young player. We just felt like at the end of the day he had earned the right to be on the 53. If he goes to the game, it would be good to see what he does in the game.”

(on how special it was to call TE Anthony Denham and tell him he’s been activated to the active roster) “Not to single him out, but you’re right about him. He hasn’t had the easiest of backgrounds, no doubt about it. I think everybody is pretty familiar with his story. He’s a guy that just works really hard. He’s a great kid. He’s always got a smile on his face, hardworking kid, really wants to be good. There are so many guys on this team that have, every guy has a story. It’s really rewarding when you see those guys are able to be successful.”

TE Anthoney Denham (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Quotes-Wednesday-practice/34b32b90-3bc5-42dc-bd1d-0d7d89798cf8)

(on how he has improved and what it means to him to be activated to the roster) “I think all the hard work paid off, finally. The coaches have seen the hard work I’ve been putting in throughout the week, throughout the weeks. I’ve gotten better since Day 1. Just having the coaches see all that, it means a lot. For them to bring me up to the 53, it means they really believe in me.”

(on when he got the news he was being activated to the roster) “Yesterday.”

(on who told him he was being activated to the roster) “(Bill) O’Brien called me. It was a different random number. First I was looking at it and was like, ‘no, I’m not about to answer a random number.’ I just answered it, and by the grace of god it was Coach O’Brien. He blessed me through that call.”

(on what Coach Bill O’Brien told him) “He was like, ‘we’re going to put you up to the 53.’ And I got kind of quiet. He was like, ‘you still there?’ I said, ‘yeah.’ He was like, ‘alright. It’s good that you’re excited and everything.’”

(on what Coach Bill O’Brien expects of him) “He expects me to come in and play right away knowing that I’ve been busting my but throughout practice. He expects the same thing, and that’s what I plan on giving.”

(on him coming close to not answering the phone call from a random number) “Came close, but something to do it and I’m glad I did it.”

(on if it’s hit him he’s on an NFL active roster yet) “It’s hit me pretty hard. Kind of almost, well, I did get watery eyes because I finally got my big break. I finally got my chance. Now I’ve just got to explode whatever ability I have and just show everybody what I can do.”

(on who he has called and told about making the active roster) “A lot of my friends and family. They’ve been hitting me up constantly. They’re really proud of me.”

(on what his teammates have told him about making the active roster) “They’ve just been congratulating me, saying it’s about time. Just really happy for me.”

thunderkyss
12-06-2014, 04:00 PM
I'll be pulling for the kid too.

But why do they call him a TE? The videos I've seen of him looks like he was used almost exclusively in the slot, like a WR... maybe a Joker. But 6'4" 235, that's a little light in the pants for a TE no?

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/69/66943d58-0edc-5403-808a-b0b7258ffe78/522099380adec.preview-620.jpg

& he's pretty athletic.

amazing80
12-06-2014, 04:04 PM
I'll be pulling for the kid too.

But why do they call him a TE? The videos I've seen of him looks like he was used almost exclusively in the slot, like a WR... maybe a Joker. But 6'4" 223, that's a little light in the pants for a TE no?

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/heraldextra.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/69/66943d58-0edc-5403-808a-b0b7258ffe78/522099380adec.preview-620.jpg

& he's pretty athletic.

A reliable pass catching TE would definitely help this offense. Is he that guy.....? We shall see

Lucky
12-07-2014, 12:52 PM
(on what Coach Bill O’Brien told him) “He was like, ‘we’re going to put you up to the 53.’ And I got kind of quiet. He was like, ‘you still there?’ I said, ‘yeah.’ He was like, ‘alright. It’s good that you’re excited and everything.’”
O'Brien's hilarious. I remember Denham being a heck of a special teamer in the preseason. I don't know how much time at TE he'll get behind an emerging JJ Watt. :)