Josh Jacobs has just completed his rookie season in Oakland and celebrated it with the purchase of his father, Marty, a house in their native Tulsa
After surviving a piece of homelessness in the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma as a child, Raiders Josh Jacobs proudly announced on Tuesday that he had bought his father, Marty, a new house on the north side of the city.
“Blessed my dolls just bought a house,” Jacobs wrote on Twitter after revealing the surprise to his father.
Jacobs, 21, just completed his rookie season in Oakland after signing a four-year deal worth nearly $ 12 million as the 24th overall choice of the 2019 NFL Draft. The former University of Alabama star and his Raiders teammates will start playing next season in their new home, Las Vegas.
The Raiders also posted a video on Twitter of a tearing Marty who responded to the generosity of his son.
The house has a white stone exterior along the ground floor and wooden paneling around the second level. The video shows Marty’s new flawless kitchen, full of appliances, a large island table and marble countertops.
Jacobs apparently revealed the surprise by bringing Marty into the house to discover a bouquet of ‘Welcome Home’ balloons.
The Raiders also posted a video on Twitter of a tearing Marty who responded to the generosity of his son
The house has a white stone exterior along the ground floor and wooden paneling around the second level. The video shows Marty’s new flawless kitchen, full of appliances, a large island table and marble countertops. Jacobs apparently revealed the surprise by bringing Marty into the house to discover a bouquet of ‘Welcome Home’ balloons
According to NFL.com, Marty Jacobs raised his five children after being divorced from their mother, Lachelle, in 2006, when Josh was eight years old. The couple were eventually divorced.
Initially, the children stayed with Lachelle after the split, but Jacobs said they often argued, and he even accused her of abusing Marty child allowance payments.
“My father would give her a pile of money,” Jacobs told NFL.com. “She would spend it and we would eat food from the Salvation Army. I would ask her how she could spend that money and not have good food for us to eat. She did not like how I rebelled and spoke. So she kicked me out. “
While his four brothers and sisters stayed with Lachelle, Jacobs moved in with Marty, just when his plans to rent a two-bedroom apartment went through.
The only remaining option was Marty’s SUV, a Chevy Suburban, where he would drive around at night until he and a young Josh found a suitable place to park.
Most of the time Josh slept in the back while Marty stayed awake in the front seat with a gun in his lap.
“I don’t remember seeing him sleep,” Josh said. “It’s crazy because I didn’t notice that I slept in a car. I just thought I fell asleep and woke up. I didn’t think about it because I felt safe. He would just drive around until he found a place to sleep and then I would get up the next day and go to school. “
One frame on Jacobs’s Instagram video stated: “I am truly blessed”
Lachelle eventually gave up custody and Josh’s four brothers and sisters joined Marty, who had found another two-bedroom apartment.
“When I got home after the court, I put some pallets on the floor and then went to my room and closed the door,” Marty said. “I prayed to God and just said,” I have them now. So what should I do? ” The answer I heard was quite clear: I had to protect their destination. “
The family continued to struggle to find a home and moved from that cramped apartment to a series of hotels over the next 10 months.
To help his children express themselves during this period, Marty encouraged them to write poetry and rap lyrics.
It wasn’t until high school that Jacobs realized how he and his brothers and sisters were disadvantaged.
“Then I started noticing the difference,” he told NFL.com. ‘You become so old that what you wear is quite large. I would notice that someone would have something that I wanted, but when we went to the store, I discovered that I couldn’t get it. “
Jacobs eventually found football, and when posting a video of his highlights on Twitter, he quickly became interested in his home state of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Alabama, which he eventually chose.
Jacobs rewarded the Raiders’ decision to set him up in the first round last April by rushing for 1,150 yards with an impressive 4.8 yards per carry.
Jacobs signed a four-year contract worth nearly $ 12 million as the 24th choice of the 2019 NFL draft