GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WMBF) – Three rounds, 103 picks and two days went by in the 2015 NFL draft before former UCF defensive back and Carver's Bay product, Clayton Geathers Jr, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts.
"At times it was 'Am I going to get this call?” reflected Clayton Geathers, Jr, “but you know we serve an awesome God and I got the call."
That call made the 21 year-old the sixth from the Geathers family to make the leap to the pros. That inundation of athletes to the NFL started with his uncle, Robert, who played 14 years in the league; a feat celebrated by many. Yet for Robert, the circumstances that pushed him towards the pigskin were not.
"That day I lost my sister in a house fire, I was a little kid, I think I had to find a way to pave the road some way or another,” said Robert Geathers, Sr. “That motivated me because we were struggling with a lot of stuff we didn't have and that's how it went with getting started."
The eldest of eight boys, Robert and his brothers excelled in athletics, and many in the small-knit Georgetown community took notice.
"They got a whole pack and some from 300 pounds to 110 pounds, all from six foot on up," said Clayton Geathers, Sr.
That pedigree went on the produce a number of professional footballers, two of which still are active on NFL rosters. Over the weekend, the list grew one name longer with Clayton, moving many to say…
"Oh, another one of the Geathers is going [to the NFL] again, they are excited,” said Martha Geathers.
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