In an emotional episode of Big Ten Network’s “The Journey,” do-it-all Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers discussed his relationship with his father, who went away to prison when Peppers was 7 years old.
“We just cried,” Peppers said. “Because as a kid you don’t know how to take that. You don’t really understand.”
— The Journey (@BTNJourney) October 28, 2016
Peppers never visited his father in prison but did stay in touch.
“He would make sure I heard his voice every couple of weeks,” Peppers said. “Basically the same thing every time. ‘How are your grades? You staying out of trouble? You listening to your mom? Trying to do the best he could with his situation. So you’ve always got to be thankful for that.”
Peppers’ father got out of prison before Jabrill’s senior year of high school.
“We was just trying to get to know each other again,” Peppers said. “A lot of time had passed. Ten and a half years, almost 11 years. At the end of the day, man, that’s my pops. We’re still working on our relationship. It’s going to get better. We’ve still got to make up for that 10 and a half years, but we’re gonna be all right.”
According to the Twitter account for “The Journey,” the show will post the second and third parts of its feature on Peppers on Saturday.
Peppers, who ranks second in the Big 10 with 10.5 tackles for loss while also serving as one of the conference’s best punt returners, will also be the subject of a profile on ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday morning. In a teaser shared by Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News, Peppers discusses how it feels to hit an opposing player.
Peppers clip from ESPN GameDay feature airing tomorrow https://t.co/U2ZlEEJ2wT
— angelique (@chengelis) October 28, 2016