A former Youngstown State University football player who joined the Cleveland Browns last year told 20 graduates of the Mahoning County High School Class of 2014 that they need to focus on education, hard work and perseverance.
“Education will take me further than football will,” Jamaine Cook told the graduates Friday.
He is three courses away from completing his bachelor’s degree in accounting at YSU and aspires to be a certified public accountant.
Cook, who grew up in poverty in Cleveland, said his football accomplishments would not have been possible without his high school and college educational experiences.
A Browns running back last season, Cook said he was released from the team two weeks ago but could be reinstated.
“A degree is something they can’t take away from you. They can take football away from you,” he said. “Any job you get nowadays, you need that degree ... That degree is for a lifetime,” he added.
Read more about his remarks and the graduation in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.