Former Ohio State University football player and reserve running back for the Houston Texans paid a visit this week to Pomegranate Health System’s Kaufman Campus to talk with the boy’s unit. He played high school football for John Curtis Christian High in River Ridge Louisiana (New Orleans) and helped the team capture 3 consecutive 4A state championships. Wells went on to play college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was ranked 13th for all-time rushing yards on the Buckeye’s list and carried the football 479 times for 2,381 yards and 27 touchdowns.
In the 2001 Season Wells helped OSU win against Michigan through his 129 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. It was Jim Tressel’s first year as head coach and Wells performance turned the tide on an Ohio State 6 game losing streak against Michigan. This earned him OSU’s ’01 Season MVP. He was succeeded as MVP by Craig Krenzel and Chris Gamble. As OSU Starting Tailback 2001, he was succeeded by Maurice Clarett. The following year Wells was drafted in the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Today, Wells has become President/Founder of a record label, You World Global Media, with several hip hop and rap artists signed on to the roster of clients.
Wells spoke to the boys about the importance of hard work and dedication, as well as education, and being true to yourself. He talked about growing up around New Orleans and the effects of crime, as well as his own difficult personal life being a motivation for wanting to do better for himself. He signed autographs for the boys and was ‘very fun to have on campus’, according to the consensus.
Wells said of his visit to Pomegranate, “I loved spending time with the kids. These are the type of kids who need to be loved in spite where they find themselves today. I see great potential in all of them.” The visit was arranged by Nurse Marcella.