Chris "bubba" Boudreaux | Professional Football Player | Actor
I was called by A old teammate and asked to write something about my coach Greg Taylor. Said he needed something written down on how he changes lives and helps kids. My story was one of the most remarkable stories of the kids. Not because I was good or anything, but because I was the one who had absolutely no shot at playing football an getting a scholarship at this ranked school in California.
I met coach Greg Taylor when I was 18, homeless away from home, and nothing but A dream I wanted to fulfill of getting A scholarship to go to school an play football.
The day I arrived he looked at me up and down an told me I had a lot of work to do. Told me I would I have to spend everyday getting better then my competition. When he told me this I didn't know what to take of it. I didn't know how to train to be A professional football player or take my game to those levels.
Coach Taylor brought me in and spent everyday with me. He taught me how to train my aggression, my mind, and my life into my goals that I wanted to make real. He was patient an showed me it took waking up everyday at 5am when everyone else was sleeping, an he would personally drive me to the beach in his car an train me in the water. While being the voice of guidance in my ear as I trained in the water until I puked. Then after the workout he would feed me... Then take my back to school. This was only one of our daily routines. I would go to him with real world problems an look for guidance. I could always look to him for guidance an knowledge to help me through anything. Wether it was one of the 8 classes he had me working on to get my AA, or one of my close brothers getting murdered back home while I was gone an playing in SD. That was one of the hardest times of my life. Being there in SD with no home an hearing the news my close friend/ brother was killed.... It killed me. I didn't know where to turn. But before I had time to even turn coach Taylor found out an he was there. Talking to me an once again teaching me A valuable lesson in life.
I wouldn't be surprised if coach Taylor doesn't remember this day. Because this man had days like this with over 100 kids. An all he did was believe in us and help us to be men. I feel like this man was just taming and fixing the youths problems at this school. Everyone around him loved being around him because he loved to help, he had the ability to help, an he was great at caring like so many other people in the world didn't do for so many of us.
As a 26 year old man now I have lived an learned. Greg Taylor helped me receive over 20 division 1 scholarship offers. I was able to take my dream an move to Reno to play for the Nevada Wolfpack. After that I got my shot at the pros like so many others off the Palomar team. I was cut shortly after camp and sent into the real world. Since then I have excelled at hardworking, the ability to learn, an to achieve greatness in my job an in my life. Greg Taylor wasn't just my football coach. He was the man that God brought into my life to set me straight. I should be dead or in jail right now like so many others from my home did. I'm blessed to call him a friend an brother. Thank you coach Taylor. For everything you ever taught me an for caring for me. Nobody else spent the time an actually adjusted my way of thinking. I'll never forget that.
God bless, Chris "bubba" Boudreaux
WR James Johnson / Mentee, Brother of Coach Greg Taylor
The incredible and noble story of Washington Huskie's Football/Track star James Johnson adoption. James one of 13 childen in his family living in Southern California. James the youngest of the siblings knew if there was hope for him not being victim to a life of drugs, gangs and violence he needs a new direction, leadership and hope for a future. “A lot of my brothers (there are six men, seven women in the family) got into the wrong things and she [his mother] didn’t want that for me,” Johnson said Tuesday in his first media comments since coming to UW. (citation seattletimes.com) His older half brother Gregory Taylor and accomplished coach, leader and trusted mentor became a noble brother by choosing to adopt his younger brother James.
It was with his brother Greg aka Coach Greg Taylor where James learned discipline, the meaning of hard work and the never give up attitude. It was through this relationship that James really learned and applied the trained concept from his brother of: Attitude | Approach | Awareness. Coach Greg Taylor calls this the A.A.A. principle.
James proceeded to accomplish earning a full ride D1 scholarship to play football at the University of Washington after receiving many other offers to play on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Notably James received offers from Coach Greg Taylor's alma mater San Diego State University for football and basketball. See high school highlights>>>
"Coach GT: One of the best coaches I had throughout my football playing career from high school to my journeys throughout J.C. and Division 1 football at Iowa State and Central Michigan University. Not only did I learn great lessons from Coach for football but also great life lessons as well. He expected nothing but the best from you and he made sure he was able to push you further than you believe you could go. I’m bless to have had the opportunity to cross paths with Coach GT and to continue our relationship. I want you to know that nothing goes unnoticed and I thank you for all the lifelong lessons you have placed upon me Coach! Take care and stay bless"
Anthony Young aka AY
Anthony Young Courtesy: cyclones.com Release: 05/10/2010 2011 Squad member.
2010 Played in nine games with one start … finished season with 17 tackles … made career-high nine tackles and recovered a fumble against Northern Iowa.
Palomar College Four-star recruit ... ranked 25th in rivals.com junior college top 50 ... team defensive MVP in 2009 ... collected a team-high six interceptions on the season, taking one back for a touchdown ... fourth for the Comets with 57 tackles in 2009 ... also had 16 pass breakups ... J.C. Grid-Wire honorable mention All-American in 2008 ... second-team All-Southern conference in 2008 ... finished second on team with 72 tackles as a freshman ... led team in pass breakups with 16 ... earned Defensive MVP honors in the Comets’ 2008 Golden Empire Bowl victory ... coached by Joe Early.
High School All-Mt. Baldy League selection as a senior and junior at Colony High ... second-team All-CIF Southern Section and second-team All-San Bernardino as a senior ... played for coach Anthony Rice ... also lettered in track and basketball ... holds Colony High School record in the triple jump (47’7.5”).
Personal Born on June 20, 1989 ... son of Anthony Young Sr. and Kristen Morris … pre-liberal studies major.
Saalim Abdul Hakim
Saalim Abdul Hakim is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at Palomar College and Tarleton State.
Coach Greg Taylor is was and always will be a great coach to me. He always told me that I will make it to the NFL if I keep working to get better and if I stayed praying everyday. He thought me a lot of things that I didn't know! He brought me into college and kept me away from getting into trouble. He took care of all of us athletes who didn't have things.. He showed us how to get places in life and how to do it the right way!! Greg always looked out for us with food money and our school work with tutors and lots of other things! Greg Taylor is a very blessed man and kept all of us motivated and kept us on the right track to do what we needed to do! God blessed him with a very bright heart and caring person! He knows everything a person needs to know!
As I think about how far I've come in my life, I'm reminded of all the people who have contributed to my growth. One person in particular would be Coach Gregory Taylor, at Palomar Community. College. From day one Coach Taylor has been nothing but a great father figure to me. Coach Taylor was the defensive back coach at Palomar Community College were he coach different players with different beliefs that came from different background.s. Coach Taylor instilled a brotherhood between his players. Coach Taylor always told us; that the time we spent together as teammates would be important going forward in our lives, he motivated us in many ways to do our best on the field and off the field. Life was bigger than football to Coach Taylor, every player had the dream of going to the NFL but Coach Taylor focus was to make sure we were successful young men outside of football. Carrying Coach Taylor words with me brought a different prospective for me as I continued my college career. Very few young men who have dreams of going to the NFL actually get to live out those dreams, and I wanted to be successful whether I chose a football career or not. After leaving Palomar Community College and transferring to Benedict University Coach Taylor words resonated with me. In 2015, I completed my Masters in Criminal Justice a passion that was true to my heart. Even though football was my first love, because of Coach Taylor I have been able to achieve new heights.
My biggest testimony I like to give is about not giving up and remembering who is watching. Not only that but who is going to do it only you because not everyone will be there for you.
Being at Palomar opened up eyes being a part of a team with great talent all the way around was something amazing you got to see team chemistry we had even if we was the practice squad we was still considered family.
What really brought these kind of thoughts to my mind was the year I left Palomar and went D3(NCAA Division III). It wasn't the best but was something that still offered me education and a BS in science. Going into my last football season I had the worse thing happen getting news about your grandma having cancer. Around this time I was struggling in two classes and worked a over night job and a job on campus and I was also waiting on my sports hernia surgery.
This type of example here shows it can all come down and hit you at one time, but the biggest question is how do we get through all of this with out failing. The answer is the Love you have for everything and everyone.
At the time I wasn't trying to go home for a funeral because really I didn't want to see her like that. I didn't want to fail my classes, but I had to make some family happy. Where they helping me with my grades, no. It just meant if I wanted to play ball then I still had to do that work and I had surgery the following week also. This here was probably my most stressful time in school but I fought through it as a result I passed my classes. I even did rehab on my own, I made it mandatory to go to yoga class and swim class even though those weren't my classes but I knew would help me get healthy after surgery. I ended up getting healthy and was back lifting a week sooner than what the doctor told me and was able to finish my senior year of athletics and passed my classes. To accomplish this I had to let the over night job go.
This here is a example of when something goes bad or the worst or even when someone tries to put you down keep in mind we control our Destiny in life and have to keep the positive attitude about it no matter how bad it may seem God is who I was praying to and I stayed faithful.