July 25, 2024


Art Shines Through

Rookie Jalen Pitre’s path to NFL

“Listen, male,” Rick Pitre says, and you ought to for the tale to make perception, for you to recognize why his son Jalen’s getting drafted by the Texans appears more sizeable than happenstance.

You have to lean in to tune out the squeaking sneakers of the ongoing youth basketball match within La Porte Junior Significant, only to comprehend they are portion of this tale much too.

See, it is distinctive that Jalen Pitre was even born. His grandmother was nearing 50 when she amazed herself and her spouse when she became expecting with Jalen’s father. They had been farmers in Plaisance, La., a tiny region town just north of Lafayette. They realized very little about sports activities, nor was it their major worry.

Jalen’s grandfather woke each morning to tend his fields of corn, okra and sweet potatoes. Rick remembers holding the leather bridle of the family’s mule. He remembers assisting his father plow and harvest. By noon, they’d clear off the collected crops, toss them in the back again of their truck and push into the neighboring cities to peddle the merchandise and sustain their modest residing.

“That took treatment of the complete household,” Rick says.