South Carolina Gamecocks QB Perry Orth had a unique journey as a college quarterback, including a bunch of odd jobs he held to make extra money as a former walk-on.
Orth’s parents helped pay for school, but he had to come up with anything extra on his own. At the team’s senior ring ceremony, Orth detailed three very different jobs he held during his time in Columbia: landscaper (for one of the school’s top administrators), shoe store employee, and Publix grocery bagger.
“My first two summers I spent working behind the president’s house, cutting his yard and doing landscaping,” Orth said. “Then the next spring I was working at Finish Line in the mall. And then last offseason I was working at Publix just to earn money for me to spend and go out and do things with my friends.”
Orth’s hard work paid off. He was rewarded with a scholarship last season and got to play in 16 games over the past two years. He has accrued 2,595 career passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions at South Carolina.
Watch Orth’s full speech from the ceremony here:
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