BATON ROUGE - LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson spoke to an assembly of students Thursday at Progress Elementary School about the importance of hard work, reading and how self-discipline can help in the future.
Progress Elementary students welcomed Jefferson with their own special LSU cheer. Jefferson then told the students how he became involved in football, life at LSU and his hopes for the future.
Throughout his presentation, Jefferson stressed the importance of focusing on school.
"As I grew older, I had to work hard to really do well in school," he explained to the students. "My parents told me that I had to do well in school, or I would not be allowed to play sports. I made sure that I stayed focused on that, and over time, I was able to get better and better."
The students listened intently as he continued to explain his daily schedule at LSU and how he balances academics, football practice and spending time with friends. He also answered questions, took pictures and signed autographs for the students.
Jefferson enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the students.
"My visit to the school was great," he said. "I got a chance to talk to all the kids and give them a little wisdom. They had some great questions for me that I was able to answer, and I expect to come back a little bit later."
He added that he is glad to be a role model for the kids.
"I remember I had a lot of people that I looked up to that came to my school and talked to me, so this is something I like to do," he explained. "I like to give back to the community and let them know that I care."