Derrius Guice is one running back to beat in the National Football League (NFL), he has been described as having a fierce running style that enables him to give competing players a hard time on the field. In fact, in his position as a running back for the Washington Redskins, Derrius was best described to ‘run angry’. Find out more about him below especially how he was able to get through his troubled childhood.
Derrius Guice had a difficult childhood but he turned to football to find a little respite. He was born in a poverty-stricken side of town in Baton Rouge on the 21st of June 1997. He lost his father on the 3rd of May 2003. The loss of his father drove the little kid further into football, as he focused his energy into the game to escape the pain of his loss.
All his hard work paid off as Guice earned a scholarship to attend a school called Catholic High. The scholarship may have been a blessing but Guice wasn’t having a good time at Catholic High – he and his friends were getting subjected to racism in the school which was predominantly white.
In difficult times, sometimes all we need is a steady hand to guide us and make us feel safe. For Guice, that hand was Stephanie de la Houssaye’s. Houssaye’s who served as the guidance and counsellor at Catholic High had a similar childhood, she took Guice and mentored him. Their relationship started after another gang altercation at Guice’s residence left him unconscious. The relationship withstood threats from authorities and students alike and at the end, it helped Derrius Guice rise above his background.
The relationship combined with a determination of using football as his way out of poverty helped Guice deliver impressive performances in his senior year. He played in the U.S Army All American bowl, earning the Pete Dawkins Trophy for his solid performance in the tourney.
Following that he was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit and second-best high school running back. Guice, therefore, got quite some offers from some college programs from which he opted for Louisiana State University to fulfil a promise he made to his father before his untimely death.
Guice’s performances for LSU was a continuation of the drive that earned him a scholarship and made him a five-star recruit. Even though he mostly spent his first year at LSU as a backup player, he played all 12 games. He started his first game in his sophomore season after Leonard Fournette, the first choice running back had an injury.
Guice’s performances as a starting running back in Fournette’s absence earned him a place on the Associated Press first-team All-SEC team at the end of the regular season. It was this string of impressive performances that saw him set new records like the school’s single-game rushing record with 285 yards. Before declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft, Guice ended his college carer with a record of 3074 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns.
Despite a minor setback due to rumours and controversies, Guice was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round as the 59th overall pick. He signed a four-year contract with the Redskins on May 10, 2018. Derrius Guice didn’t make his professional debut in his rookie season as he tore his ACL in a preseason game against the RedSkins.
Family Life – Mother & Brother
The NFL star was born to Beulah and Derrick Guice. Derrius lost his father when he was only seven years old after a gunman shot him dead in a restaurant. He and his brother, Derrick Guice, were afterwards raised single-handedly by their mother. Derrius had a lot of troubles growing up but his brother was even worse off. In fact, to date, Derrick Guice has had a lot of problems with the law.
Is He Gay?
Derrius Guice sparked an NFL investigation in 2018 when he mentioned in an interview that he had been asked as an NFL prospect whether he was gay or whether his mother sells herself. The player claimed that the questions were asked to gauge his reaction, and a huge backlash prompted the NFL to launch an investigation into the claims. Asides those comments, however, there seems to be no connection between the running back and the LGBTQ community.
Other Interesting Facts About The NFL Star
- Derrius is signed to Top Dawg Entertainment
The entertainment company which is mostly known for being a record label and has artists like Kendrick Lamar on its line signed Derrius as its first athlete.
- He is an avid video game fan
The Redskins’ running back is a big fan of video games, especially titles like Madden NFL and the global sensation, Fortnite Battle Royale. He regularly live-stream his games and often plays with fans.
- Charitable side
Derrius might be new to professional football with a rising profile, but he does not shy away from lending his name to charitable causes. Derrius set up a GoFundMe campaign in June 2018 for cancer research. He was able to raise $21,000 in one week.
- Body stats
The Washington Redskins running back has a listed height of 5 feet 11 inches or 1.80m, with a listed weight of 225lb or 102kg. All his training and preparation keeps him fit quite easily.