Rookie St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason burst onto the national scene last year when he was maybe the most integral part in helping the Auburn Tigers become a national championship contender and champions of the SEC. It was then that everyone learned that his father, Vincent, was a celebrity in his own right, being one-third of the famous hip-hop trio, De La Soul.
While Mason began to flourish in the public eye as a member of that Auburn team, his celebrity has grown that much more now that he’s set to embark on a professional career with the Rams in the NFL.
Luckily for the rookie, having a famous father has its benefits, especially when you’re trying to deal with being a celebrity.
“My dad is my role model,” Mason told BK Nation. “He taught me a lot about how I want to be remembered. He has helped me to know what to do financially. He has been through fame and fortune. Now it’s my turn. He coaches me up with my character, with my money. What is my legacy going to be? My father told me all a man has is his name and his word.”
There are a lot of rookies we see come into any sport that aren’t ready to deal with the fame and fortune. Mason, you can tell, definitely considers himself fortunate that he has a head start on the rest of his class, all thanks to his father.