Jacksonville Jaguars Community Report 2016-2017 - Page 13

As time passed, I started attending Morningside High School where I met my best friend, Steven Hester Jr. Steve and I became inseparable and his family became my second family. One day, when we were riding home from practice, Steven and I talked about me going to live with them, and a few days later, after asking his parents if I could become part of their family, I moved in. They treated me exactly how they treated their son Steven. I was expected abide by all the house rules and as long as I did well in school and stayed focused, they were with me every step of the way. When I was recruited by USC, they came to just about every practice and home game. Their love and support, and Steven’s friendship, were such positive influences in my life. I believe that’s the reason why I am where I am today. Going from a defensive back in high school to one of the top wide receivers in USC’s history to now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, I can finally say that although I was dealt obstacles, I overcame the adversity and found my own path to success. MARQISE LEE IN THE COMMUNITY After being separated from his brothers and sisters, Marqise understands the difficulty that thousands of foster children face, and is making it his mission to bring a larger awareness to this issue while working with foster families to understand the importance of keeping siblings together. AWARDS Second-team All-Pac-12 (2011) Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year (2011) Biletnikoff Award (2012) Unanimous All-American (2012) Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year (2012) Owns 24 USC Records & Five Pac-12 Marks (2012) First-team All-Pac-12 (2012)