Rob Kelley has taken massive strides throughout his first three years in the NFL. His ascension from an undrafted rookie to a starting running back makes his journey all the more special. The days of "Fat Rob", dreadlocks, and a player that was criticized for not having the physical gifts to become an NFL running back are long gone.
After finishing his last session of OTAs, Kelley traveled down to his hometown of New Orleans last weekend and visited his alma mater, Tulane University, to host the Rob Kelley Football Combine. The camp marks what should be the first of many headed by the third-year running back.
"Being a guy that was given back to when I was a youth, I think it's very important to do my part," Kelley told CBS New Orleans.
Kelley's effort to take the extra step and "return the favor" is a credit to the type of professional he is. The large turnout of kids at the camp gives Kelley a great opportunity to expand the camp annually as his NFL career continues.
During his camp this week, which was free to those who participated, Kelley worked with more than 200 local youth. It is the kind of impact that makes those that have seen Kelley grow up proud.
"I want him to feel a part of the program, because they've [Kelley and Levine] have done so much for the University. And it's good for my current players also to be around these guys and get to know some of the alumni and hear their stories," Tulane head coach Willie Fritz said to CBS New Orleans.