For the first time since 1939, the FOURTH ever NFL Draft, a Rhode Islander has been selected in the first round. 82 years ago, the Chicago Bears took Bill "Bullet Bill" Osmanski out of Holy Cross, #6 overall in the days when the first round was only 10 picks. It's been a WHILE since the Ocean State produced a first-rounder. Bullet Bill played five seasons before leaving the NFL to fight in World War II to put it in perspective.
Kwity Paye, a Defensive End out of Michigan, via Bishop Hendricken (where he was the 2016 RI Gatorade Player of the Year), was selected 21st overall by the Indianapolis Colts. If you're unfamiliar with his story, I hope you've got a fresh pack of tissues ready.
Obviously, the reasons Kwity Paye and his family had to come to the United States are tragic but talk about the American Dream. Dude was born in a fucking refugee camp, came to Providence at six months old, and now he's a 1st round draft pick. He promised his mother, Agnes, that she wouldn't have to pay for college if she could pay his Hendricken tuition. He delivered with a full ride to the University of Michigan. After all the hard work and sacrifices she made for Kwity and his brother, Komotay, he's the #21 pick in the NFL Draft. Heartwarming stuff. Kwity said she'll never have to lift a finger again, and now he has to means to provide that life for his mother. I hope Kwity signs a massive deal in five years. Regardless of what happens for Kwity in the league, he's made Rhode Island incredibly proud. Congratulations, Kwity!
I mean how awesome is this??
This is super cool. Already using his professional status for good. Kwity has a spot on team hashtag good guy.