When wide receiver Deon Randall ’10 reflects on his time at Yale University, he doesn’t boast about his Ivy League honors, or Yale all-time records (219 receptions, 17 touchdowns, and 2,323 yards)—he discusses the honor of being elected captain of the Yale football team, and how he used that leadership role to pilot a mentorship program called Next Future Leaders, or “NFL”.
Deon and a group of his fellow Bulldogs worked with elementary and middle school students at the nearby Amistad Academy, offering athletic and academic advice. Through NFL, Deon provided lessons about physical fitness, the importance of setting goals, and balancing life as a college athlete at one of the most prestigious academic settings in the country.
“Yale was tough, don’t get me wrong—but honestly, I never felt unprepared to go to school there,” Deon said. “Parker made sure I was ready to be a student athlete in college. While there were differences between the schools, Parker’s workload and learning environment was incredibly similar [to Yale’s].”
After graduating from Yale and spending the past few years in investment banking, Deon is tackling a whole new adventure: working as a college scout for the Denver Broncos. Deon notes that the transition is a leap of faith—he’ll be working his way back from the bottom, and moving to an area he’s not familiar with. However, his work ethic and positive attitude stands out amongst the uncertainty. “If I’m going to be grinding long hours, I want to do something I’m really passionate about, which has always been football. All I can do is be the best scout I can be.”
Deon’s advice to aspiring student athletes is simple, and consistent: work, and work really hard. “My personal motto is: luck is when hard work and opportunity meet. Never see a ceiling for yourself—the only thing stopping you from achieving your goals is your own mindset.”
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.