By LARRY VAUGHT
When quarterback Drew Barker committed to play football at Kentucky, I thought he had all the tools to be a star for the Wildcats.
Maybe he would have been, too, if not for a back injury that prematurely ended his career. I also admired the way that rather than transfer and try to see if he could play for another school, he accepted his fate and stayed at UK to complete his education.
Recently he received his Master’s degree in Public Financial Management from Kentucky, an amazing accomplishment for any student — athlete or non-athlete.
I thought you might enjoy the social media post that Barker made after his graduation:
“The last two years have been filled with long nights and early mornings, but they were all worth it to get to this moment. Although I will not technically be finished with the program until August, upon the completion and presentation of my Capstone project, it was an awesome moment that I will never forget,” Barker wrote.
“I am very thankful to the University of Kentucky and for my time spent there in the classroom and on the football field, as well as the relationships that I created while attending the University.”
Then Barker added this — which shows the side of him that always made him so popular with teammates:
“I’d also like to congratulate my cousin Brooke Barker on receiving her undergraduate degrees in Finance and Marketing from the University of Kentucky as well. Brooke will be working for P&G once she returns from a 6 month trip to Australia. Congrats!”
Congrats indeed to them both.