May 13, 2014 ALLENDALE, SC-- Before Bashaud Breeland can make his first play in the NFL, he paid his respects to his high school alma mater. The school has paid them right back accordingly.
The former Tiger football player at Allendale-Fairfax and Clemson is now a Washington Redskin.
Drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round on Saturday, Breeland had his number 17 jersey retired by Allendale-Fairfax. He's only the second player from Allendale to reach the NFL. Another Clemson alum, running back Raymond Priester was the first, spending some time with the New York Giants.
The city of Allendale also declared May 13, 2014 as Bashaud Breeland day. The cornerback credits his Tigers' family for his current football success.
"Being able to get out and to come back and see the people that are supporting you, it's been a really good feeling," Breeland said. "Allendale has taught me a lot, how to be mentally tough because you went through a lot growing up, and now you're able to handle a lot things once you get out."
Even after dropping a bit in the draft in his own eyes, Breeland stayed relatively calm during the draft weekend. Breeland's heading to D.C. for his first NFL meeting on Thursday.