A chaplain for the 2002 Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RV Brown, was also a member of a national championship football team at South Carolina State in 1976.
Brown visited Newton High School and N.H. Pilate Middle School in Newton, sharing his story and delivering his message to the students.
"He has such a powerful message in itself. Also he's very inspiring," said career counselor, Angela Rushing. "He came from a background that was poor and let the kids know, hey, no matter how bad you got it, you can be successful. You can do something with your life."
Along with words of encouragement, Brown spoke frankly about self-esteem, peer pressure, respect for parents, teachers, others and self, as well as the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
"I want to tell them the truth so when they walk away and they start talking about what I'm talking about back with their friends, they will have known that they heard the truth," said Brown.
And he said he urges NFL players to do the same.
"God has blessed them," Brown said. "They have a platform to use to talk to these kids. Go in the elementary schools. Go in the middle schools. Share your light. Let them know that being a professional athlete didn't come easy. You had to pay some dues and that's what these kids need to hear."
The 16th of 17 children, Brown said he overcame poverty and hardship through hard work and wants to pass on that knowledge.
"If we get these kids to believe if they work hard good things are going to come their way, that's my job to influence guys. I came to Newton to make an impact," said Brown.
And judging from the response from the students here in Newton, his message was well received.