After he abruptly quit UCLA team to pursue career in film
- Cordell Broadus signed with UCLA but failed to show up for training camp
- The talented 18-year-old receiver had a promising career ahead of him
- He revealed that it took him 12 years before he realized his father loved him regardless of whether or not he played football
- Started out in the sport at five on the Snoop All-Stars youth football team
Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus, who signed with UCLA before abruptly quitting, has revealed he only played football so his father would love him.
The 18-year-old was offered scholarships at some from some of the country’s best programs after finishing his time at Bishop Gorman High School having won the Nevada high school state championship.
But his promising career came to a premature end after he decided to not show up for training camp in August.
Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus, who signed with UCLA before abruptly quitting, posted this picture on Instagram and revealed he only played football so his father would love him
Alongside the image, Broadus wrote: ‘I played football for my father because I thought that was the only way he would love me & be apart [sic] of my life’
And in a touching tribute in honor of his rapper father’s birthday this week, the teenager posted a picture of the pair hugging.
Alongside the image, he wrote: ‘I played football for my father because I thought that was the only way he would love me & be apart [sic] of my life.
‘It took me 12 years to realize he loves Cordell Broadus the person not Cordell Broadus the football player.
‘The best day of my life was when I heard those exact words. I love you dad hope you have a great birthday.’
The picture was the same one Snoop shared after his son dominated the field leading his team to beat Reed High and become Nevada high school state champions in December last year.
Broadus’ promising career came to a premature end after he decided to not show up for training camp at UCLA in August. Pictured: the teenager with his father in 2013
Snoop Dogg, left, talks to his son Cordell Broadus, when he was seven and a member of the the Snoop All-Stars youth football team, before a game in 2005
At the time, a proud Snoop wrote: ‘Congrats @cbroadus I watched you ok from 5 years old till now what a ball playa you have become it is a pleasure watching you play. Fight on young man! [sic]’
Broadus was pushed into the sport by his musician father, who had always dreamed of becoming a professional athlete, and came up in the Snoop Youth Football League.
They starred in a reality series called ‘Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream’ which chronicled the youngster’s recruitment process.
He ended up opting for UCLA over USC, which is Snoop’s favorite team.
But after committing to the UCLA Bruin and set to join the roster as a freshman, Broadus failed to show up on the field as the team began their fall preparations in San Bernardino, California.
Broadus remained enrolled at the school, but decided to move away from sport because he wanted to pursue a career in film instead.
In a statement on the team’s website at the time, UCLA head football coach Jim Mora said: ‘Cordell informed me that he has decided to pursue other passions in his life – in particular his love of film through his company Film School Productions.
‘Cordell is an amazing young man with many talents and we wish him nothing but the best as he continues to pursue his degree at UCLA.’
Bishop Gorman’s Alize Jones, right, celebrates after scoring a touchdown, with teammate Cordell Broadus during a game in Septtmeber last year
Source: Daily Mail