The Senior Bowl South roster hit the practice field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium the afternoon of Tuesday, January 21. For Solomon Patton, practicing at Ladd is a happy homecoming since he played his high school ball at Murphy.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium is where Solomon Patton learned the game of football. Fitting his journey would come full circle, as he looks to land on an N-F-L team by shining on the Senior Bowl South roster.
‘Do the memories come back when you step foot out here and run routes?’ FOX10 Sports Reporter Russell Colburn asked Patton.
“Yeah, definitely,” Patton answered. “I made a lot of big plays here, so it felt good to come back and play here. I definitely remember those games that we played Davidson here; those were pretty intense games.”
With Murphy, Patton earned All-American honors his senior year, a season he scored 11 touchdowns with nearly 1500 all-purpose yards.
Now, a former Panther turned former Gator says he’s getting better off press coverage. He says he bring s not only elite speed and quickness to a team, but hard work.
Patton describes his relationship with former Murphy head football coach Ronn Lee as one of like a father and son. That’s why when Lee recently called it quits after ten seasons, Patton was among the first players he called.
“He called me the day he did it because he wanted to let me know before anyone else told me about it, because I’m definitely like a son to him, so he called and let me know,’ Patton said.
So now, in the very stadium he learned the game, he takes the stage where he’ll perform to try to make it to the next level.
“It’s just a good feeling just to be able to come back and be able to play in front of the hometown,” Patton said. “It’s definitely a good feeling.”