Greg Kelley accepts full scholarship to play football at Eastern Michigan
LEANDER, Texas - Leander High School football star Greg Kelley has accepted a scholarship to play football with Eastern Michigan.
“I feel like I’m a 19-year-old kid again, I’m 25 and I’m getting the opportunity that 19, 20, and 21-year-olds do, I’m making new friends, making new brothers,” said Kelley.
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Greg Kelley will be playing as a defense back for Eastern Michigan. (Greg Kelley)
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The road to college football has been far from easy for Kelley. In 2014 he was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 25 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. In 2019 a Williamson County judge overruled the conviction and he was fully exonerated.
“I could have a lot of bitterness for the people who did wrong to me but at the end of the day I choose to forgive, not only for the people who did me wrong but I choose to forgive myself because now I’m experiencing life after exoneration. If I have that hate in my heart it’s going to affect how I’m going to be here on out,” said Kelley.
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Kelley originally had plans to try and walk on the UT football team. “Whenever the pandemic happened it crushed some opportunities for me being able to play at UT I tried out this past February so the opportunity wasn’t there so I just wanted to play football,” said Kelley.
Now in Michigan, Kelley said it was tough to leave Texas but is happy to once again play the sport he loves.
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Kelley will be playing as a defense back for Eastern Michigan.