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East-West Shrine Bowl players Instagram Takeover

Darryl Williams

When former Mississippi State DL Darryl Williams, also known as the “Big General” from his leadership on and off the field, isn’t working out or playing football, he is focused on giving back to his community. A couple of days after the NFL Combine was over he started his Dr. Seuss Read Across America tour. During the tour, he went to eight different schools and his aunt's learning center to read to the children.

His foundation, Youth Empowerment, has a goal to empower, enrich and encourage the youth of tomorrow through book readings, healthy mentoring, motivational speeches, enrichment programs, autograph signings and after school programs throughout Bessemer, Alabama, the state of Alabama and the country. Williams watched former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston while growing up, and was inspired to give back to his community as Winston has done in the Tampa Bay community.

McTelvin Agim

McTelvin Agim is confident in his draft process because he was able to play in two all-star games, received an NFL Combine invite and was one of the few college players to have a pro-day. He has talked with multiple NFL scouts and said all the feedback was positive.

“Working out has been more difficult now. I haven’t lifted weights in so long just because no gyms are open, so I’m just doing body weight and running to stay in shape."

His good work ethic started back in high school with his football coach.

“After I’ve seen results I became obsessed with getting better results, that’s why I work out so hard. I put in a lot of time into football, so when I do have time to rest I just rest and recover, I might binge watch a Netflix series, Disney+ or play video games.

Jordan McCray

The coronavirus is something you can’t prepare for, but McCray has been prepared for the NFL his entire life. His father, Curtis Brown, was a four-year letter winner as a wide receiver at Alabama from 1991-95. His Uncle, Charlie Brown, was an All-Pro wide receiver with the Washington Redskins his first two seasons in the NFL, going on to play in the league a total of six years.

“They both pretty much said 'Grind and be ready, you never know what’s going to happen so always stay ready.' I think just getting stronger as the years progressed has really helped my game. My mental has come a long way, I’m more confident and I understand a lot more about the game. I know some teams up north have me on their draft board, but playing in the Shrine Bowl has given me a lot of exposure.”