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Once homeless as a child, Raiders’ Josh Jacobs buys father a house

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has surprised his father with a house, and given the struggles the family endured early on in the rookie’s life, the gesture has even more profound meaning.

Jacobs and his four siblings were at times homeless during his childhood, and were left at times living in the family car in Tulsa, Okla., while being raised by their dad, Marty.

Those humble beginnings unsurprisingly had a significant impact on Jacobs, who was drafted by the Raiders with the No 24 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I remember seeing him not sleep,” Jacobs recalled ahead of the draft about his father, via NFL.com. “It’s crazy because I didn’t notice that I was sleeping in a car. I was just thinking that I was falling asleep and waking up. I didn’t think anything about it because I felt safe. He would just drive around until he found a place to sleep and then I’d get up the next day and go to school.”

Jacobs ultimately rose to stardom at McLain High School before playing himself into first-round draft status in college with the Alabama Crimson Tide. On Wednesday, Jacobs took to Twitter to share how he surprised his father with a new home in gratitude for all his dad did to raise him.

The Raiders later shared footage of the emotional reaction by Jacobs’ father upon entering his new home in Oklahoma.

“One of the things that I’m proudest of with Josh is that he trusted the process,” Marty Jacobs said ahead of the draft last April. “There are a lot of things he experienced as a child that he doesn’t want his son to experience. I tear up when I talk about it because God trusted me with those kids and he trusted me not to leave. That’s why I’m glad to see Josh embracing the positive stuff from what we went through.”

Jacobs is an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate after an outstanding 2019 campaign in which he had 1,316 yards from scrimmage and seven total touchdowns.