Brandon Stokley's path to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Jul 10, 2018 | by KTBS.com

The path to success in professional sports is different for every athlete. For Louisiana native Brandon Stokley, it began by giving up football until his senior year of high school, "I played quarterback and back then it was all option football. I was about 5'4, 115 pounds going into my sophomore year of high school. I couldn't throw the ball more than 15 yards so it wasn't very much fun."

While he wasn't on the field, football was always a part of Stokley's life as his dad, the late Nelson Stokley, was the head coach for the University of Louisiana-Lafaytte. After playing wide out during his last year at Comeaux High, Brandon also became a Ragin' Cajun, having the chance to play for his father, "Being able to see my dad every single day for five years was special. I always look back on those times as probably one of the top times I've had in my life."

Which says a lot, because two years after leaving Lafayette, Stokley was hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, "It was my second year in the NFL. I got drafted by the Ravens and next thing you know, you look up, and we're playing in the Super Bowl. It's kind of hard to believe that I was in the NFL to start with, but to be in the Super Bowl was special."

Stokley would earn another Super Bowl ring in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts. While he wasn't able to play in that game, he did have the chance to catch passes from one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, "Spending four years with Peyton Manning taught me so much about dedication, hard work, accountability. It's things that quarterbacks like. Being around those two guys obviously helped me out in my career."

A career that will now be celebrated for years to come thanks to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

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