HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Dozens of reporters watched as Alabama's Kenyan Drake strolled into SEC Media Days on Wednesday.
Most of them were prepared to fire away questions about Drake's recovery from a broken leg, living up to the program's high expectations or what it means to be a leader on the team now.
But before the lips of the media could part, Drake took a moment to keep a promise to his younger brother.
"Can I just say something real quick? I just want to give a shout-out to my little brother. It's his birthday today, his tenth birthday, Isaiah Drake. He wanted me to make sure I did that," Drake said.
Reporters began echoing on another: "Happy birthday to your brother," Drake says his brother has always been one of his biggest fans.
"I always just want to make sure that I'm on my best behavior, on my Ps and Qs, when I'm dealing with my younger siblings. I have a younger sister, also. She's 14. And my other brother, he's 20, also," Drake explained.
"I just want to make sure I always give them something to emulate. Being the oldest, you always have to make sure that can be that role model for them," Drake continued.
Drake's journey to being a role model has been anything but ideal. He received several suspensions and disciplinary actions since arriving at UA in 2012. But Drake does not hide from past mistakes. After speaking about the importance of his family, he addressed how he has matured in the last three years.
Drake calls the privilege to represent UA at SEC Media Days "humbling"
"It definitely means a lot. There aren't any words to describe how humble I feel to have this opportunity to be here and to be in this type of atmosphere because of the things I've been through as a young adult to become more mature" Drake said.
Drake admits he would have likely been dismissed from another program But he praised head coach Nick Saban for allowing him to stay on-board and mature.
"I think Kenyan Drake is a great example of a guy who's matured in the program to become what we all want in a college football player. He's had his issues in the past. But he's gained great maturity personally by becoming a leader on our team and one of the guys on the leadership council on our team," Saban said.