All Cynthia Payne could do was pray.
On a rainy, September day in Houston as Tropical Storm Imelda pushed through, sitting in the car with her son Jayden in the back seat across the street from Aldine High School, she watched as a car plunged into a ditch full of rushing water.
Next, her 16-year-old son Jayden rushed across the street and dove in to save a mother and her child.
"I knew God had him there for a reason. I told God just use him and give him back," Cynthia said. "That's all I asked. I can't replace him."
When Jayden saw the car head into the water, the junior tight end for Aldine football didn't think. Instead of pulling out his phone to record video – he reacted.
"I was like, I'm just going to run over there and put my life at risk because I felt like their lives were more precious," Jayden told VYPE the day of the storm. "She had her daughter with her. I'd rather save her life and risk mine for that. It was just a moment for me."
What a journey for Kendall Sheffield - from the M-Block to the NFL.
Sheffield started his high school career as a football and track star. In 2013, Sheffield finished second in the 110-meter hurdles at the UIL State Track and Field meet. The next year, Sheffield finished in first and also won the 300-meter hurdles that same year represented Fort Bend Marshall.
That same year, Sheffield was named the Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. As good as he was on the track, the same could be said about his play on the gridiron.
Coming out of high school, Sheffield was a five-star recruit and was rated as the No. 3 cornerback in the country. Originally, Sheffield went to Alabama, where he redshirted his first season. Then, Sheffield left for Blinn before heading to Ohio State in January of 2017.
After his collegiate career was a wrap, the NFL came calling.
In the 2019 NFL Draft, Sheffield saw his dream come true as the Atlanta Falcons called with the 111th overall pick and drafted the former Fort Bend Marshall star.
In his first NFL season so far, Sheffield has done well, recording 27 tackles, 1 pass deflection and 1 forced fumble so far. Sheffield is a rangy, speedy corner and should have a good career at the next level.
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