Being associated with a local celebrity generally comes with its fair share of perks. Ultimately, the desire to establish one's own legacy becomes a growing motivation.
Growing up, Jordan Tucker had one in his house, that person being his mother, Lisa Rayam, an accomplished reporter and anchor for FOX5 in Atlanta for 21 years. Rayam continues to be a media presence as the host of "Morning Edition" on WABE 90.1 radio.
In Tucker's case, he followed a different path of recognition through the gridiron. During his time at Roswell High, Tucker was an all-state player. At one point, he was the No. 6 offensive tackle in the state of Georgia; through ESPN.com, he was ranked as the No. 55 offensive tackle in the country.
During his time with North Carolina, Tucker's presence was quickly felt through the success of the offensive. In his redshirt freshman year, the Tar Heels allowed only 0.91 sacks per game while averaging 442.1 yards per game. By his sophomore year, he became the team's starting left tackle, a move that paid dividends as the Tar Heels averaged 474.0 total yards per game and 188.2 rushing yards per game.
As an accomplished offensive lineman, Tucker has always maintained the objective of having a successful career in the NFL, followed by a broadcasting career years down the line.
For the king-size lineman, building his legacy with the Pittsburgh Steelers would serve as a tribute to his hard work and to his mother, who influenced him. Perhaps the motivation of not being drafted is all he needs to make his roster dreams a reality.