Transitioning from collegiate athletics into adulthood and professional careers can be tough.  P.A.W. Journey understands this challenge and prepares its students so they begin with the end in mind. When transitioning from “FootBALL-2-Business After the Game,” there’s a learning curve, and P.A.W. Journey prepares its former scholar-athlete to be the educators.

Each fall, a diverse panel of former players leads a private session with current juniors and seniors on the reality of this transitioning from Ball-2-B.A.G.

The diversity represented ranges from smooth and successful evolutions to transitions filled with struggles, including depression. The sharing of best practices, challenges and testimonies gives our upperclassmen rarely told perspectives from Clemson football alumni.

In 2019, Jarvis Jenkins, Kyle Parker, Byron Maxwell, Rod Byers, Mark Richardson, and CJ Spiller shared their transitional knowledge and experience. Stevie Baggs, retired NFL veteran, current actor and motivational speaker, led our panel of educators in delivering a transitional program that gave insight, awareness and fresh perspectives on the transitional period that lies before our Clemson Football scholar-athletes.

In 2018, Daniel Andrews, Tajh Boyd, Jamie Harper, Dalton Freeman, Jonathan Meeks and Justin Miller shared their transitional knowledge and experience. Stevie Baggs, retired NFL veteran, current actor and motivational speaker, led our panel of educators in delivering a transitional program that gave insight, awareness and fresh perspectives on the transitional period that lies before our Clemson Football scholar-athletes.

For upperclassman Darien Rencher, the program was impactful and authentic.

 “It helped frame what you can do with ball and without ball but also how to be a successful man. I thought that was very impactful. All guys who had different life experiences, some high and some low, who we all could learn from, it was authentic for us, and that’s what we need is to hear real-life experiences so we can apply them to our real lives.”