Applauding The Cordell Broadus Decision to Leave UCLA Football

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I really know where Snoop Dogg’s son, former 4-star wide receiver prospect Cordell Broadus, is coming from.

There’s never a sentence I thought I’d ever write, yet here we are.

Cordell Broadus was non persona non grata at UCLA football practices in San Bernardino this week, Bruin Report Online first reported. Bruins head coach Jim Mora issued a statement, via the university sports information department:

“Cordell informed me yesterday that he has decided to pursue other passions in his life – in particular his love of film through his company Film School Productions. Cordell is an amazing young man with many talents, and we wish him nothing but the best as he continues to pursue his degree at UCLA.”

Cordell Broadus may be the son of a West Coast hip hop star, but I’m reminded of East Coast legend Notorious B.I.G. on the track “Respect.”

Hearin’ the coach scream ain’t my lifetime dream.

OK, so that probably wasn’t Cordell Broadus’ motivation for giving up football. But I can empathize with Broadus’ quandary on a far smaller scale.

Those who know me now probably wouldn’t believe I was once a decent high school basketball player — decent enough to garner recruiting interest from small universities, at least. I could shoot the 3-pointer a little bit and was an excellent passer. My ability to facilitate for others is pretty much the only thing that keeps me from being completely worthless in pick-up and city league now.

Anyway, as a high school senior and with interest from various D-2, D-3 and NAIA schools, I took visits and entertained the possibility of playing. I knew from the start I didn’t have the passion necessary to dedicate myself to collegiate workouts and travel, knowing full well I wasn’t exactly going to play professionally.

Though I never felt pressured to play college basketball by my dad, a longtime and very successful prep coach, I still patronized coaches and took trips because I thought it would please him.

All along, I knew I wanted to attend to a Div. I university and focus on sports journalism. Eventually, that’s what I did, but it wasn’t easy.

Watching ESPN’s documentary “Snoop and Son,” chronicling Cordell Broadus in his senior year at high school football powerhouse Bishop Gorman, Cordell conveyed that same attitude when talking about his playing future.

One need not be a potential college athlete to know that feeling, either. Just because a teenager is an exceptional football player doesn’t mean he won’t face some of the same pressures or existential questions any one of us have experienced.

Sometimes, blazing our own trail if we fear it might hurt our dads is the most difficult thing we can do. But to be ones own man, a teenager has to do it. I commend Cordell Broadus’ decision to chase his own dream.