Castille speaks dreams

Published 8:59 pm Monday, March 30, 2009

By By Chandler Myers
Dreaming, decision making, determination and not quitting was the message that former Alabama Crimson Tide player Simeon Castille gave to students at Escambia County High School and parishioners at First Assembly of God Church during his visit to Atmore on Wednesday.
Castille, a defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals, came to Atmore after being invited by Southern Real Estate agent Josh Davis more than a week ago.
Davis and Castille have recently become close friends through the online network Facebook.
Davis said he was thrilled that Castille had accepted his invitation in an interview on Tuesday.
Castille visited Escambia County High school first and spoke to students about how to achieve their dreams.
The Bengals defensive back said that he was excited about speaking to the students. He added it is a lot easier to focus on your dreams when you have someone to look up to.
Castille’s message consisted of a formula with four D’s that he followed to his goals.
He said that the formula helped him work to where he is today after not being allowed to play football as a child.
As a part of his speech, Castille made sure to tell students to keep their grades up and to stay away from distractions.
He said that any negativity could push them away from achieving their goals.
Following his dream to the NFL was a challenging road for the former Crimson Tide star.
Castille said he has been blessed with the ability to play in the NFL because of his drive and the Man upstairs.
As for his career, Castille knows how far he has to go to be a successful player in the NFL.
He said that seeing one veteran quarterback play made him realize how hard he has to work. He added that he sees good things in his future professionally and away from football.

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