Donnel Pumphrey forever cemented his name in the pages of college football trivia when he broke the all-time FBS rushing record in his final game at San Diego State. Running for 115 yards on the day and bringing his career total to 6,405, he led the Aztecs to a bowl game victory over the Houston Cougars, 34-10. The previous record, held by Ron Daynes, was 6,397 yards and was surpassed early in the fourth quarter.
After the game, the media was obviously interested in talking to Pumphrey about his record-breaking performance. However his post-game interview as interrupted by probably the only person who has the right to do so; his Dad. Thrilled to tears and ’bout to burst with pride, he hugged his son and expressed his joy. The look on Pumphrey Jr.’s face is everything you need to know about the importance of a fathers approval to a son.
Donnell Pumphrey’s record isn’t only about running the football, it’s also a statement of longevity. He was able to avoid missing time due to injury and constantly respond to those who doubted him because of his size. With the NFL draft around the corner, and Pumphrey out of eligibility in the collegiate ranks, he will look to continue to prove those who doubt him wrong on an even higher level.
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