More than football: Porter first in family to attend college

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Taeler Porter with his family at Senior Night.

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- On Wednesday, thousands of high school football players across the country will sign scholarships as a part of National Signing Day. For some — it’s all about football.

But for others — it’s about the opportunity for a better future.

When Immokalee running back Taeler Porter signs with Indiana State, he’ll be the first person in his family to go to college.
“I really didn’t think I’d be playing college football,” said Porter.Just a month ago, Porter had zero college offers and little hope for a college education.

“I always had that doubt in my mind,” said Porter.

“I can’t afford it, and he’s worked so hard to get to where he’s at,” said Porter’s mother, Tara Green.

Porter’s mom is currently out of work. His dad works part-time in construction.

“I never had a chance to finish school or nothing like that,” said Eddie Porter. “My life was really hard for me coming up, so I’m proud of him.. really proud of him.”Since he was a little boy– Taeler Porter had one goal.

“I really wanted to get my family out of here,” said Porter, “and have my parents not have to work anymore, and take care of my family.”

This past season, Porter rushed for 13 touchdowns and more than 1500 yards. He earned first-team All-State honors and now — a free education.

“That will get him into get a good job,” said Green. “It’s a way for the kids getting out of here, just seeing past Immokalee.”A college degree isn’t a guarantee, but Porter says all he needs is the opportunity.

“I’m always the type to stay true and just keep putting in work, every time I get a chance,” said Porter.

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