- Posted January 17, 2014 by
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Harry Douglas: Working Hard On and Off The Field
It was always a dream for Harry to play professionally. Both being skilled in football and basketball, he knew that he would make it pro in one of the sports. He did mention to me that he loved to play all kinds of sports growing up as a child. Harry and his brother, Toney Douglas who plays for the Golden State Warriors are very close. As he got older in high school, he realized that football was for him. He grew up watching the Atlanta Falcons and was always a fan! It’s interesting to see Harry play for the team that he grew up watching. In high school Harry was always excited to play against the other schools in the county. Growing up Harry looked up to his father as a role model. “ My dad was always there. He set the foundation for me”, Harry says. His father was a great athlete growing up as well. Douglas honors both of his parents for their lasting marriage and teaching their kids the way and supporting them through the good and the bad.
When Harry began playing professionally his family and friends were supportive. “ My family and friends would always tell me when I was right and when I was wrong no matter what, especially my mother” Douglas says. Harry also speaks good things about his wife and how she supports him. Ladies, I already know (go ahead and scream in the pillow) it hurts to know he’s taken. Before every game Harry reads a scripture that his mom sends him, blasts his music to get in his zone and he has a great breakfast. “ I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning. Grits, scrambled eggs with lite cheese, hash browns, cheerios and fruit” Harry says. Joking I couldn’t help but tell him, “ Wow, that’s a breakfast of champions.”
On and off the field Harry is very close to his teammates. They all support each other’s events and etc. It’s very important to get a long with teammates to better the game. Harry admits that this year wasn’t a good year for the Atlanta Falcons. “ There were a lot of injuries this year. It was my first season ever loosing. I still approached every game as if we were winning even if we were loosing. I’m going to work harder, continue to learn from it and I never take anything for granted”, Douglas said. He still trains hard even though they have been finished playing for about three weeks now. One of the things that were interesting to me when speaking to Harry, we even had a debate about it. He doesn’t believe in pressure. “ I don’t believe in pressure. Pressure occurs when you don’t prepare the right way. I prepare the right way daily so I never feel pressures. When Julio one of my teammates got hurt, I was asked what am I going to do to step up? I told them I’m not going to do anything. I’ve been playing to win and I’ll keep playing that way” Harry said.
Harry also has a foundation with his brother Toney Douglas. Harry says that his brother is his best friend and they can relate to each other like twins. The Douglas Brothers foundation started five years ago. They educate, empower, and teach under privileged youth and families about life skills. Partnered with Chick Fil A, they have a back to school drive every year. The foundation has a coat drive, gives haircuts to kids and they are working on having a football and basketball camp. They also have a career seminar for teenager and adults where they learn and establish what they want to do in life and the plan that they approach to take. Harry is so hands on with all of this ventures that he’d still love to go to school and become a lawyer. I think that’s very impressive. I know that he will make it happen once he’s ready. Harry Douglas is a humble and outstanding guy. He’s a role model for many young men and I wish him all the success that’s coming his way both on and off the field.