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Davone Bess – Former University of Hawaii and Miami Dolphins Football Player
October 11, 2021
Former UH All-American and Canadian Football League MVP Chad Owens, ex-UH football player Ryan Keomaka and host of Star News Live Kiana Cayabyab take you inside their locker room and invite special guests from the sports world to “run it back” to their careers, AHA! Moments, life lessons, and how they are going to SCORE next! Sports is a massive vehicle and a major connector to so many avenues. This allows Runnin’ It Back the ability to create endless amounts of content that will provide listeners and viewers with endless insight and inspiration.
Episode #12 – Davone Bess – Former University of Hawaii and Miami Dolphins Football Player
My name is Davone Bess. I was born in East Oakland,Ca. I attended Skyline High school in Oakland where I became a starter in all 3 of the major sports programs (Football,Baseball and Basketball). In the four years I was there I eventually earned a athletic scholarship in football to further my education and athletic career.
One month after graduating from high school I found myself handcuffed and in the back of a police car. This one mistake I made forever changed my life anyway you want to look at it. I loss my scholarship and I spent the next year and 3 months incarcerated. When I finally got released, I was on my way to University of Hawaii on a second chance opportunity.
I had a great experience in Hawaii. Did really well on the football field over the next 3 years and got the attention of the NFL. I signed with the Miami Dolphins in “2008” as a undrafted free agent. Went on to make the team that fall and eventually ended up starting as a rookie. I finished my rookie season with the second most catches NFL history by a undrafted free agent.
From “2008”-“2013” my success on the football field and in the community began to grow. Unfortunately, as I gained success in those parts of my life my mental health began to deteriorate. From “2011”-“2018” I struggled with many mental health problems. With lots of self reflection, prayer and a tight support system with my wife and children I found a way to conquer myself and my emotional weaknesses
I am currently the founder of Bess Route Foundation which is geared towards youth development/mentorship. We help people find the proper resources to help fight and battle their mental health problems.
I am also the owner of Bess Route Academy which is a program I developed to help kids become the best version of themselves on the field, in the classroom and in life.
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