Josh Jacobs just completed his rookie season in Oakland and celebrated by purchasing his father, Marty, a home in their native Tulsa
After surviving a stretch of homelessness on the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma as a child, Raiders running back Josh Jacobs proudly announced on Tuesday that he has bought his father, Marty, a new home on the north side of town.
‘Blessed just bought my pops a house,’ Jacobs wrote on Twitter after revealing the surprise to his father.
Jacobs, 21, just completed his rookie season in Oakland after signing four-year deal worth nearly $12 million as the 24th-overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. The former University of Alabama star and his Raiders teammates will begin playing in their new home, Las Vegas, next season.
The Raiders also posted a video on Twitter of a tearful Marty reacting to his son’s generosity.
The house has a white stone exterior along the ground floor and wooden paneling surrounding the second level. From the video, Marty’s new spotless kitchen can be seen, replete with appliances, a large island table, and marble counter tops.
Jacobs apparently revealed the surprise by bringing Marty into the house to discover bouquet of ‘Welcome Home’ balloons.
The Raiders also posted a video on Twitter of a tearful Marty reacting to his son’s generosity
The house has a white stone exterior along the ground floor and wooden paneling surrounding the second level. From the video, Marty’s new spotless kitchen can be seen, replete with appliances, a large island table, and marble counter tops. Jacobs apparently revealed the surprise by bringing Marty into the house to discover bouquet of ‘Welcome Home’ balloons
According to NFL.com, Marty Jacobs raised his five children after separating from their mother, Lachelle, in 2006, when Josh was eight-years-old. The couple ultimately divorced.
Initially the children stayed with Lachelle after the split, but Jacobs said they quarreled frequently and he even accused her of misusing child support payments from Marty.
”My father would give her a stack of money,’ Jacobs told NFL.com. ‘She would go out and spend it and we’d be eating Salvation Army food. I would ask her how she could go spend that money and not have good food for us to eat. She didn’t like that, how I rebelled and spoke up. So, she kicked me out.’
While his four siblings stayed with Lachelle, Jacobs moved in with Marty just as his plans to rent a two-bedroom apartment were falling through.
The only remaining option was Marty’s SUV, a Chevy Suburban, which he would drive around at night until he and a young Josh found a suitable spot to park.
Typically Josh would sleep in the back while Marty stayed awake in the front seat with a gun in his lap.
‘I remember seeing him not sleep,’ Josh said. ‘It’s crazy because I didn’t notice that I was sleeping in a car. I was just thinking that I was falling asleep and waking up. I didn’t think anything about it because I felt safe. He would just drive around until he found a place to sleep and then I’d get up the next day and go to school.’
One frame on Jacobs’ Instagram video declared: ‘I’m real life blessed’
Lachelle eventually relinquished custody and Josh’s four siblings joined Marty, who had found another two-bedroom apartment.
‘When I got home after court, I put some palettes on the floor and then went into my room and closed the door,’ Marty said. ‘I prayed to God and just said, ‘I have them now. So, what do I do?’ The answer I heard back was pretty clear: I had to protect their destiny.’
The family continued struggling to find a home, moving from that cramped apartment to a string of hotels over the next 10 months.
To help his children express themselves during this time, Marty encouraged them to write poetry and rap lyrics.
It wasn’t until middle school that Jacobs began to realize how he and his siblings were disadvantaged.
‘That was when I started to notice the difference,’ he told NFL.com. ‘You’re getting to the age where what you wear is pretty big. I would notice that somebody would have something on that I wanted, but when we went to the store, I found out I couldn’t get it.’
Ultimately Jacobs found football, and upon posting a video of his highlights on Twitter, soon drew interest from his home state Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Alabama, which he ultimately chose.
Jacobs rewarded the Raiders’ decision to draft him in the first round last April by rushing for 1,150 yards with an impressive 4.8 yards-per-carry average.
Jacobs signed a four-year deal worth nearly $12 million as the 24th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft
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