Former Dreher High student, now Tampa Bay linebacker, visits Dorn VA

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Farrington Huguenin, or as football fans know him, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker “Big #95,” made a stop in Columbia Wednesday.

He dropped by the Dorn VA Medical Center to make the rounds visiting patients and staff. The former Dreher High School and University of Kentucky standout mentioned several times he was born and raised in Columbia, and that this visit to the VA would “be the first of many.”

Huguenin told the crowd of well-wishers in the Dorn lobby that he felt an obligation to visit with the veterans who have sacrificed so much. “I see this visit as a way to pay back people who have given so much and made it possible for me to play in the NFL,” he said.

In a Q&A session, Huguenin discussed the words of motivation he uses when addressing children and young adults. “I tell them of the importance of discipline in their lives. Without it, they’ll achieve nothing,” Huguenin said. “Everything I’ve accomplished in life has been because I was disciplined.” He emphasized that self-discipline should apply to every aspect of their lives. “…Not just the playing field, but in studying, paying attention in school, getting your homework assignments in on time,” he added.

When asked about the biggest difference between college football players and those in the NFL, he responded by tapping his forefinger to his head. “The mental aspect,” he answered. “The pros are a lot smarter than college players.”

Huguenin and the Bucs will open the regular 2019 season September 8 at 4:25 pm in San Francisco against the 49’ers.

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