Former College of Kentucky and NFL tight finish Jacob Tamme was the featured visitor speaker on the Cliff Hagan Boys & Ladies Membership’s annual Steak & Burger Dinner Tuesday on the Mike Horn Unit, and he shared a message about overcoming adversity and staying optimistic.
“In society these days, we focus quite a bit on outcomes and we focus quite a bit on profitable,” stated Tamme, 36, who spent 9 seasons enjoying for the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, “and people are essential issues, however I need to speak a little bit bit tonight concerning the means of getting there — about competing and about failing, about the truth that should you’re going to present all the pieces you’ve received to one thing, there’s going to be instances the place it doesn’t work out the best way you need.”
Tamme was a three-sport star at Boyle County Excessive Faculty in Danville, incomes a soccer scholarship to play for the Wildcats. Over 4 years, he grew to become Kentucky’s all-time-leading pass-catching tight finish.
“Attending to play soccer on the College of Kentucky was my childhood dream,” Tamme stated. “Rising up only a couple hours down the street in Danville and attending to dwell out that dream of enjoying in Lexington and enjoying for the Cats was greater than I might have ever imagined.”
He was drafted by the Colts within the fourth spherical of the 2008 NFL Draft — a profession alternative that Tamme by no means envisioned rising up.
“Attending to play 9 seasons within the NFL was like doubly greater than I might have ever imagined,” he stated, laughing. “So getting to speak to children about that have is fairly distinctive and quite a lot of enjoyable for me.
“I inform folks, ‘ I grew up in Danville. It’s a city large enough to know you could possibly do one thing together with your life, however sufficiently small to realize it in all probability wasn’t going to be NFL soccer.’ ”
The relationships that Tamme fashioned over years of enjoying soccer are what imply essentially the most to him, and he desires others to really feel that very same enjoyment of their respective paths of life.
“Attending to do what I did and be part of quite a lot of nice groups and nice teammates, that’s actually the key sauce,” he stated. “That’s what makes it a lot enjoyable is being part of groups and having nice teammates. So, hopefully, I can encourage children to try this.”
Tamme retired from enjoying soccer in 2017, however he hasn’t stayed away from the game. He helps coach his kids’s elementary college groups in Boyle County, whereas additionally keeping track of his alma mater.
“I’m actually excited,” Tamme stated of the Wildcats’ upcoming season. “The truth that we have been in a position to title a quarterback and after we did that, that offers me encouragement that the workers feels snug there, and I believe the items are there to have a very good staff.
“It’s at all times a problem, proper, and it’s solely going to get more difficult as we’ve seen all the pieces that occurred this offseason so far as competing within the SEC, however I believe Coach (Mark Stoops) has executed a fantastic job, and I believe this staff might be enjoyable to observe.”
Tamme met with the membership’s namesake, Cliff Hagan, earlier than the dinner started, and it didn’t take lengthy for Hagan to mirror on the optimistic affect the group has supplied in Owensboro.
“At present, it’s actually unbelievable what’s occurred, what Steve (Winkler) and the others right here have executed with this system,” stated Hagan, 89, a former Owensboro Excessive Faculty, UK and NBA star. “It’s simply unbelievable.”