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Auburn RB Who Left School Because Mom Was Homeless Finds Job With Buccaneers
Back in February, former Auburn Tigers running back Peyton Barber unexpectedly decided to declare for the NFL draft. But it was how and when he did it that had people shocked.
Barber declared just mere minutes before the deadline and the reason was absolutely heartbreaking for the young man; he decided to turn pro because his mother was homeless.
“My mother is homeless right now,” he said today in Indianapolis, where he is taking part in the NFL Combine. “Right now, she’s staying with my sister. It’s her and her three kids staying in an apartment back home.”
While he went undrafted, Peyton Barber signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in hopes of capturing that 3rd running back role. He carried the ball 39 times for 99 yards in four games while adding seven receptions for 55 yards, but ultimately lost out on RB3 spot.
The Bucs did indeed sign him to the practice squad, however, and Barber will earn a minimum of $6,900 for every week he is on there. If he remains on the squad throughout the season, he would have earned $110K+ salary—more than enough to change his mother’s living arrangements.