Kerby Joseph was elated when his cellphone lastly rang Friday night time and it was Detroit Lions common supervisor Brad Holmes.
“The conversation was amazing. I always wished for this moment … so for me to fulfill this milestone in my life,” Joseph advised the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m simply so stuffed with pleasure and I’m simply so completely happy. It’s laborious for me to speak proper now as a result of I simply need to dance and scream and do a backflip.
Joseph and pals waited greater than three hours till his identify was known as simply after 11 p.m. Friday, in the course of the third spherical of the NFL Draft. When Holmes known as the previous Jones High star, he forgot all about how a lot he had wandered across the Kissimmee trip house his household had rented for his draft social gathering.
The Lions made the University of Illinois security the No. 97 total choice.
“I wasn’t getting crazy. I didn’t lower my self-confidence. I didn’t lower my self-esteem. I didn’t lower nothing,” Joseph mentioned of the wait. “I feel like it just motivated me. I just know we’re all going to be on the same field at the same level, so … I have to give my all … not even 100% but more like 1,000% this time.”
He had mentioned main as much as the draft it didn’t matter which workforce chosen him, however he was actually completely happy to get the decision from the Lions.
“You see I got the hat on. I’m so happy, so blessed for this opportunity and so thankful the Detroit Lions gave me the opportunity,” Joseph mentioned. “They believed in me and I really feel like perception in me goes a great distance.
“If you believe in me, I’m going let you believe in me more than I believe in myself, so I’m going to give them my all.”
When Holmes known as, household and pals gathered for the massive second needed to be quieted after Joseph waved a Lions hat throughout his dialog: “Come on, the boss man is on the phone.”
Holmes mentioned, in line with Joseph, “Hey Kirby, you ready to be a Detroit Lion? I almost cried. I ain’t going to lie. I almost cried. I was just so thankful for that moment.”
Joseph’s father, Dacius Joseph, who cooked the big Haitian meal for these in attendance, was fairly completely happy for his son, and his hopes have been that Kerby stay faith-driven and grounded.
“I feel very great. He go to NFL,” Dacius Joseph mentioned. “Since he was little boy, he advised me he needed to go play soccer.
“So now, God make it true. It’s real now. Thank you, Jesus. Without Jesus, it’s not here to be.”
And now he’ll have to alter allegiance.
“I was always Miami Dolphins,” he mentioned, “but now it’s no Dolphins. It’s Detroit Lions.”