McLain High School has a ton of north side pride. That pride is in everything they do, including football.
During workouts on June 25, 2020, the McLain football team received a visit from a former All-American Oklahoma University running back Marcus Dupree. In 1984, Marcus went on to play in the United States Football League for two years.
Facing an injury that took him away from the game for four years, Dupree made a major comeback and played in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams in 1990 and 1991.
Dupree spoke to the students about the importance of discipline, dedication, and determination during his visit. He also talked to the students about his childhood, overcoming adversity, and the importance of hard work.
"I'm here trying to talk to the kids to let them know, it's not where you're from or going, but where you end up," said Dupree.
Students took his words to heart.
"It meant a lot, it shed some light on how discipline is the biggest thing you have to have," said Senior Quarterback Melchesidech Porter. "You've got a lot of distractions out there, but if you can stay focused and keep your mind on the goal, it'll all work out."
The Titans are a young, but hopeful team, coached by Tulsa native and former NFL football player Willie Ponders.
Ponders played college football at the University of Tulsa and at Southeast Missouri State University. He played in the NFL for three years after being drafted by the New York Giants in 2003. Now, Ponders has returned to his beloved hometown to help the youth in his city.
"I love this place (McLain), there's a lot of hungry kids here, I was a hungry kid growing up," said Ponders. "Anything I can do and help to spread knowledge, I will."
Ponders and the McLain football team said they are not only grateful for Dupree's visit, but they are also thankful for LuShuna Blalock Humphrey and the McLain High School Family Alumni and Community Engagement team. Blalock and her team helped to make this visit happen and provided students with a BBQ lunch after practice.
When asked how she felt about the event, LuShuna simply stated, "This is incredible."
The McLain football team is geared up, motivated, and ready to take the season by storm. Good luck, Titans!