ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) – From a Belton- Honea Path Bear to a Clemson Tiger, #34 Kendall Joseph’s nearly 10 year journey playing football in the Upstate is coming to a close.
His tight knit family has followed the journey from the beginning and they plan to see it through to the end on Monday at the National Championship.
It was November when Joseph came into the world at just two pounds and eleven weeks early.
“He was kinda chubby and he was really into soccer and there was comment made that he was getting to be heavy and not as fast as he used to and he was upset by it so I said why don’t you try football and he was like okay,” said Stephanie Joseph who is Kendall Joseph’s Mom.
Kendall’s mom Stephanie said he was about eight at that time and by 12 they knew he was going to be good. After a successful career at Belton-Honea Path High School, he was going to play ball at Duke University until everything changed.
“Kendall decided Clemson was for him at the 11th hour I would say. I had cancer, but I was two years out by then,m but he said he needed to stay close,” Joseph said.
It kept him close to the family who supported him through his entire five year journey. While he made the trip home for family dinner on Sundays, they made the trips across the country to watch him play.
“It’s an honor to have a living child it’s a blessing. I have friends that have lost a child while Kendall’s been in school, he lost two classmates and two teammates Ben and Anthony and my heart goes out to those families so how dare I miss a game so if at all possible I’m going to be at a game,” Joseph said.
So the family is packing up one last time to see Kendall play his last collegiate game at the National Championship in California.
“Kendall I love you and I’m proud of you and go tigers,” Joseph said.
As for what’s next, his mom tells 7News anything is possible. She said he already has a job offer and she’s beyond proud of everything he’s accomplished from his education to football.