Farrow achieves dream, gives back
SEATTLE – When Seattle Dragons running back Kenneth Farrow was 7 years old, he made a decision.
He was playing little league football and his team received the opportunity to play at Texas Stadium during halftime of a Cowboys game against the Raiders.
While he was on the field, he was able to high-five Cowboys greats like running back Emmitt Smith. And he snagged an autograph from Raiders star receiver Tim Brown.
It was a moment every young football fan dreams about, the opportunity to be around future Hall of Famers on gameday.
But, as much as that opportunity meant to him, the most memorable moment came later.
“On the way out, a lady saw me and recognized me from the halftime game,” said Farrow, now part of the Dragons’ strong stable of running backs. “She asked me for my autograph.”
Looking back, Farrow said that moment changed his life. He went from being a fan who could get an autograph to a player who gives them.
“That’s when things kind of went full circle real fast for me,” he said. “That’s when I knew what I wanted to do.”
So, as a 7-year-old, Farrow decided he would one day play professional football, while finding ways to give other kids the chance he received.
“It was kind of surreal,” he said. “It was just like, ‘whoa.’ I was in shock from getting one and now I’m giving one.”
That moment pushed Farrow to work toward a college career at the University of Houston, an NFL opportunity with stops in San Diego, New England and Miami and the AAF’s one season in San Antonio before being selected by the Dragons in the XFL draft in October.
It also drove him to start the Grind With A Purpose Foundation with Trayveon Greenberry in 2017.
“Building our nonprofit, that's the main I want to do, just give these kids a piece, an experience that will keep pushing them forward through whatever situation they’re going through,” he said. “That’s what we’ve built together with the Grind With A Purpose Foundation.”
Growing up, football was a lifestyle. He is related to Hall of Famer Mike Singletary on his father’s side of the family, so weekends were dedicated to watching the game.
“My great grandma used to drive to Chicago to catch games at the Midway,” he said. “That’s just in our blood.”
But, it wasn’t until 2017 that Farrow realized exactly how he wanted to start giving back.
“I had angle surgery,” he said. “It took me about 11 months to come back, but in the rehab process, I really got to sit down and put together what I wanted to do outside of the game. It really hit me.”
The oldest child in a big family, Farrow wants to “plant seeds” for a younger generation.
“There are so many kids out there who may not have the opportunity to go to a Cowboys game or go to a Seattle Seahawks game and be able to do stuff like that,” Farrow said. “I think about how powerful that moment (at the Cowboys game) was for me and how it kind of projected me to put me on the path I’m on today.”
Farrow has been able to mentor 80 kids through Grind With A Purpose so far and he wants to be able to help kids in Seattle as well now that he is playing for the Dragons.
“We take 20 kids from sixth, seventh and eight grade,” Farrow said. “We get in there and we just chop it up, keep it real life with them, teach them things like, respect, character and integrity in a setting where we allow them to talk and really give them that space.
“It goes a long way. I don’t think we realize the effect we have on the kids. We put that thing together and have been doing a mentoring program and it’s been going strong. It’s going on strong in Houston.”
Farrow set a goal when he was 7. He was able to achieve it. Now he’s returning the favor.
“Being able to relate to people, being able to relate to kids, create that environment for them and it’s been powerful to see,” he said. “It’s been a blessing for me just as much as I hope it’s been for them.”
And he is looking forward to what the future holds in Seattle.
“I’m super excited to be out here and see what the fans do out here,” he said. “I know if we get out here and go hard on this field it’s going to be the same type of situation. Anywhere I’m at, I try and pull kids from the situation they’re in and get them just a little piece, a little experience that will stick with them and take them through whatever hard times they’re going through.”