Overwhelming joy for Jones alum Kerby Joseph after Lions take him in NFL Draft – Boston Herald

Kerby Joseph was delighted when his phone finally rang Friday night and it was Brad Holmes, general manager of Detroit Lions.

“The conversation was great. I’ve always wanted to go to this moment…so for me to reach this milestone in my life,” Joseph said. “I’m just so filled with joy and I’m just so happy. It’s hard for me to talk right now because I just want to dance and scream and do a backflip.

Joseph and friends waited more than three hours for his name to be called, just after 11 p.m. Friday, during the third round of the NFL Draft. When Holmes mentioned the former Jones High star, he had completely forgotten how much he had roamed around the Kissimmee vacation home his family had rented for his design party.

The Lions made University of Illinois safety the No. 97 overall roster.

“I didn’t go crazy. I have not lowered my confidence. I have not lowered my self-esteem. I didn’t drop anything,” Joseph said of the wait. “I feel like it just motivated me. I just know we’re all going to be on the same level at the same level, so… I have to give everything… not even 100%, but over 1,000% this time.”

He had said it didn’t matter which team selected him in the run-up to the draft, but he was certainly happy about the call from the Lions.

‘You see I have the hat on. I’m so happy, so blessed to have this opportunity and so grateful that the Detroit Lions gave me the opportunity,” Joseph said. “They believed in me and I feel that belief in me goes a long way.

“If you believe in me, I’ll make you believe in me more than I believe in myself, so I’m going to give them everything.”

When Holmes called, family and friends gathered for the big moment had to go quiet after Joseph waved a Lions hat during his conversation: “Come on, the boss is on the phone.”

Holmes said, according to Joseph, “Hey Kirby, are you ready to be a Detroit Lion? I almost cried. I’m not going to lie. I almost cried. I was just so grateful for that moment.”

Joseph’s father, Dacius Joseph, who cooked the great Haitian meal for those in attendance, was very happy for his son, and his hope was that Kerby would remain faith-driven and grounded.

“I feel very good. He’s going to the NFL,” said Dacius Joseph. “Ever since he was a little boy, he told me he wanted to play football.

“So now, God is making it happen. It’s real now. Thank you Jesus. Without Jesus it is no more.”

And now Dad will have to change his allegiances.

“I was always Miami Dolphins,” he said, “but now they’re not Dolphins. They are Detroit Lions.”

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