Youth athlete Derrick Miller Jr. learning life lessons, excelling on Memphis sports circuit

Derrick2For Sherrell Bennett-Miller, she is downright ecstatic that her son, Derrick Miller, Jr., hasn’t given up on sports.

How else to explain her constant enthusiasm and dedication she exhibits whenever she’s sitting from the stands at football games or cheering from the bleachers in gymnasium whenever she’s witnessing her son put his talents on display?

“I enjoy watching my son play every game,” Bennett-Miller told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I was very happy he stuck to (sports).”

To get a thorough understanding of why Bennett-Miller and Derrick’s father, Derrick Miller, Sr., are both overjoyed in their son’s athletic accomplishment, look no further than the continuous strides this Promise Academy student athlete has manufactured in his brief time since making his debut on the Shelby-Metro-area athletic circuit.

For starters, Miller, Jr. has blossomed immensely into a gifted, versatile multi-sport athlete, having garnered a variety of awards while making his presence felt against the stiffest of competition in the process.

Add to the fact that he continues to acquire an assortment of valuable life lessons as an emerging young athlete, and it’s no wonder the eight-year-old Miller, Jr.’s parents undoubtedly believe the sky’s the limit for an athlete whose best days are well ahead of him.

So remember the name: Derrick LaWayne Miller Jr.

MAKING STRIDES --- To get a thorough understanding of why Bennett-Miller and Derrick’s father, Derrick Miller, Sr., are both overjoyed in their son’s athletic accomplishment, look no further than the continuous strides this Promise Academy student athlete has manufactured in his brief time since making his debut on the Shelby-Metro-area athletic circuit.

MAKING STRIDES — To get a thorough understanding of why Bennett-Miller and Derrick’s father, Derrick Miller, Sr., are both overjoyed in their son’s athletic accomplishment, look no further than the continuous strides this Promise Academy student athlete has manufactured in his brief time since making his debut on the Shelby-Metro-area athletic circuit.

“His coaches have been very helpful and I thank them for sending him out to explore different positions,” Bennett-Miller explains in assessing her son’s overall progress a multi-sport athlete. “He’s a student athlete who has high academics (performances) with no attitude, and one who’s willing to listen. I tell him all the time, ‘You can go and be the best you can be.’ The sky is certainly the limit for him.”

What’s even more intriguing about Miller, Jr.’s rise as an emerging athlete is that he is only a few months removed from having debuted in football.

Four months to be exact.

However, it would be hard pressed for anyone to realize that he’s a virtual newcomer to the gridiron, given the rapid progress he has enjoyed since he first put on shoulder pads, helmets, and cleats.

In other words, as his teammates go, so goes Miller. Jr.

“I enjoy running touchdowns and blocking for my teammates,” the happy-go-lucky, vibrant Miller, Jr. says while flashing his signature smile. “My parents have never missed a practice or game.”

Derrick3Interesting enough, this gifted kid doesn’t shy away from the notion that in order to reap the benefits of his resilient work, it is essential that he continues to embrace the assortment of life lessons — on and off the field.

“(My parents) are always correcting me when I have messed up in a game,” Miller, Jr. explains. “And they always tell me to go hard no matter what. They always tell me to continue to stay focused not only on the field but in the classroom.”

Now we know why.

That’s because his parents, unlike never before, are downright ecstatic that he hasn’t given up on sports.

So remember the name: Derrick LaWayne Miller Jr.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Speak Your Mind

*