Tyler Russell Speaks to Kids at Vacation Bible School

Meridian, Mississippi Former Mississippi State star quarterback Tyler Russell shared his story today with children attending a local church's vacation bible school.

Russell told the kids at Meridian's Calvary Baptist Church that there were a lot of people who influenced him as he grew up in Meridian. His says his message is one he hopes will encourage them in their faith and achievements.

"Just the different things I had to overcome, growing up for as not making all-star teams, and basically just not being somebody I thought would actually become a starting quarterback in the SEC, and stuff like that. If I can do it, anybody can do it," says Russell.

Russell told the children his faith has grown stronger when things didn't go as planned. Russell continues to recover from shoulder surgery, and trains in hope of playing in the NFL.