Rome Douglas: From humble beginnings to NFL star

Son of James Douglas, star basketball player from Memphis State, Rome was supposed to grow up following his father’s footsteps. Born in 1976, Rome Douglas had, since his childhood, wanted to play basketball. But future had something else in store for him. He was not to be known for basketball, like his father, but as a footballer.

Rome Douglas, also known as Big Rome, given his towering frame, grew to be one of the most sought-after football players in the NFL circuit.

Even while at the Claremont High School in Southern California, Rome had been keen on playing basketball. But his skills, prowess, and agility were quickly noticed by the school coach who pushed him towards football. Like all school kids, Rome played football in school, but continued to play basketball as well, still believing he was to become a basketball player one day.

A regular on the school football team, Rome never had to look back once he earned all American honors. He soon caught the attention of coaches from various clubs in Southern California, when he played football as a junior at La Canada St. Francis around 1993.

Rome joined the University of Southern California, one of the top US varsities that promote sports as one of the key areas of development for youth. By this time, largely due to his 6’7” built, he came to be known as Big Rome. Being on a football scholarship, it was but obvious that Rome would soon be a key part of USC Trojans Football Team.

Realizing a dream that every young football player in the US has, Rome went on to represent USC Trojans at the prestigious Cotton Bowls in Dallas in 1995, emerging as winners of PAC-10. He continued his stint with the “Bowls” with representation at the Rose Bowls in 1996 in California and Sun Bowls in Texas in 1998.

Post college, Rome joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent and spent a year before he was injured out. But as soon as he was back, he played with the New York Giants and St. Louis Rams at the NFL in 2000 and 2001. He also played the NFL World Bowl in Amsterdam in 2000.

Inspite of his humble beginning, Rome Douglas worked hard to realize his childhood dream of making it big in the world of NFL. Now retired from professional football, Rome continues to inspire young aspiring footballers from smaller towns who dare to dream big.

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