But apparently, Ozougwu did not get that message. His collegiate success on the field and in the classroom spilled into the conversation with genuine humility. He spoke of his goals, not to be the greatest, but to be the hardest working. He spoke of his family, supportive, loving and real. He was open and thoughtful. He enjoyed the celebration but knew there is a lot of work ahead to ensure it would not be the only thing he was celebrated for.
His second day was a whirlwind through Disneyland, then up to Culver City and an interview with the NFL Network and then back to Disneyland to finish soaking up the sun, getting dropped in an elevator and twirling in tea cups. I watched him patiently wait for the crew to spill out of the various cars and set up photo ops. He signed autographs and took pictures with young children, their parents, their friends, the camera guy and his friend. And he accepted his temporary celebrity with gracious understanding that it was merely a door being opened. The journey is yet to come.