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VIDEO: Jack Fox shares relatable story overcoming doubts in finding his path

Take a deeper dive into the life of Detroit’s favorite field position optimization specialist.

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While the average fan may not be able relate to becoming a professional football player in the NFL, the message Jack Fox shared about finding his path is one many of us can connect with.

The episode invites viewers to sit down with the Detroit Lions punter and his mom Beth at his childhood home, looking at photos and reliving memories.

One interesting anecdote is a tough moment during his stint with the Kansas City Chiefs. Fox was cut from the team after training camp his rookie season in 2019, but was later signed to the practice squad when their punter battled a minor injury. But that punter ended up playing, and Fox was cut again after only practicing for about a week.

“They actually Ubered me home to St. Louis. They had no flights going out that night so they sent me home in an Uber,” Fox recalls. “That was a pretty tough four-hour Uber ride home. I went home to my parents’ house in St. Louis. I lived in my childhood bedroom for a long time. It’s why I don’t want people to really know I’m a football player off the bat because it wasn’t that long ago that I was absolutely a normal person sleeping in my parents’ house trying to figure out what I’m gonna do with my life.”

While some aspects of the story are atypical, the feeling of being rejected and unsure of where your life is heading is entirely relatable. He goes on to say after he was cut, he had a lot of free time and kicked by himself to feel somewhat productive as he dealt with the frustration.

“It’s hard when you don’t know when the opportunity is going to come and after working out by yourself for two months, it’s like geez. I don’t know if it’s ever going to come. Obviously I had a lot of doubts if I would make it,” Fox said.

But he explained the mindset that helped him power through.

“If I work as hard as I can and it doesn’t work out, I’m not going to judge myself ... That always gave me some peace of mind — that if it didn’t work out, I could hang my hat on the fact that I worked pretty hard,” he said.

As usual, this Under the Helmet episode provides insight into who the player is beyond the smiles and waves on the field. Watch the episode in its entirety below.

And onto the rest of your notes.

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