MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Retired NFL star Richard Harvey couldn't resist picking up a football and throwing a couple of passes to kids in Moss Point Friday. The 13-year veteran was joined by his brother, former NBA star Antonio Harvey, who laughed and played with the young people.
The two Pascagoula High School graduates were back home and wanted to share their struggle to the top with some coast students.
"I think it was about at age 20 a light went on, and I developed a work ethic and a discipline that gave me success," Antonio Harvey said. "Before that, I was kind of floating through life and never really made an effort to determine my direction."
"Often times our kids don't get the chance to see guys that have transitioned from this area and became successful," Richard Harvey said.
The famous brothers motivated the young people to do their best in school and never settle for less in life. The two believe education comes before athletics.
"The message is all about school and academics. That's it. I can't even begin to talk about how important that is," Richard Harvey said.
Before leaving, the former pro-athletes told the kids that no matter what path they take, nothing in life comes easy.
"Start down a path. And if it is not the right path, you have that road map of life to get back where you are trying to go," Antonio Harvey said.
"Hard work does pay off. It is worth the effort, it is worth the sacrifice, it is worth the commitment, it is worth the dedication. It is worth all those things to accomplish your goals," Richard Harvey said.
Richard Harvey retired in 2001. During his NFL career, he played for several teams. including the New Orleans Saints. Antonio retired from the NBA in 2003, after playing for the Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angles Lakers.