Greer alum, NFL free agent Troy Pride Jr. talks return from injury

GREER – On Saturday, Troy Pride Jr. was glowing.

He was running the second-annual Troy Pride Jr. Day of Play – a youth football camp held at Greer High School’s Dooley Memorial Stadium over the weekend. The former fourth-round NFL Draft selection and cornerback is working his way back from an ACL tear he suffered prior to the start of last season. It was an injury that inevitably led to him being waived by the Carolina Panthers, the franchise that drafted him in 2020, earlier this month, after a failed physical designation.

“I never had this growing up.” Pride said. “I hope its a blessing to some kid, some day and its everything that I’ve wanted to do. I’ve wanted to be this pillar in my community. That’s the plan.”

The event – which Pride said he hopes to continue to hold every year and grow – is just one of the things that the former Greer High School football star does each year.

Troy Pride Jr., a Greer native and Notre Dame football alum, hosts the 2nd annual TPJ Day of Play at Dooley Football Stadium in Greer on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Here, Troy Pride, center, runs with the young people.

“The goal, is to continue to grow it. To have 100-150 kids out here,” Pride said. “Then from that, expand upon it. We’ve got some plans to do things for older kids, we’ve got some skill camps plans, we’ve got a lot of stuff in the community.

“I really want to effect this community positively. They poured in to me so I want to pour back in to it.”

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