Once homeless, Raiders’ Jacobs buys dad house
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  • Paul GutierrezESPN Staff Writer

    • Covered Oakland Raiders for and Sacramento Bee for eight years
    • Member of Pro Football Writers Association
    • Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was once homeless as a child, he and his four siblings sometimes living out of a car with their dad, Marty, on the north side of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On Tuesday, the No. 24 pick of the 2019 draft, and a leading candidate for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, took to social media to say he had purchased a house for his father.

Blessed just bought my pops a house 🏠🤞🏽💯

— Josh Jacobs (@iAM_JoshJacobs) January 7, 2020

The Raiders also tweeted out video of Marty’s reaction and said the home was in Oklahoma.

An unforgettable gesture.@iAM_JoshJacobs thanked his father for his sacrifices growing by buying him a home in Oklahoma.


— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) January 7, 2020

Jacobs rushed for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns in averaging 4.8 yards per carry and caught 20 passes for 166 yards and eight first downs, despite missing three of the Raiders’ final four games with a fracture in his right shoulder. His 88.5 rushing yards per game ranked third in the NFL, behind the Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Henry (102.7) and the Cleveland Browns’ Nick Chubb (93.4).

Before missing those games, Jacob had played through the pain after suffering the injury in Week 7.

He was selected with a pick acquired in the Khalil Mack trade of 2018.

Jacobs’ journey from homelessness to high school stardom to Alabama to a first-round pick of the Raiders was documented in an ESPN SportsCenter Featured piece this past spring.

“Sleeping in the car, I always look back on it,” Jacobs said at the time. “It’s always going to be something that molded me into who I am. It might have been rough, but, I mean, it’s my life.”

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