Notre Dame football player shares his story at Juvenile Justice Center

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) A former Notre Dame football player and NFL hopeful is sharing his story to inspire local students to turn their troubles into triumphs.

Te'von Coney

On Monday afternoon, Te'von Coney made a surprise visit to the Juvenile Justice Center of St. Joseph County.

He talked to the boys and girls about his challenges growing up and getting arrested in college.

Ultimately, the All-American graduated from Notre Dame early.

He wants the students to know that if he can prevail, they can too.

"Getting in trouble in college was the biggest thing for me because before then, I never had learned how important it was to be around the right crowd and pick the right friends, and you know, coming to college and realizing that it's very important, the people you surround yourself with that motivate you to be your best," Coney explained.

Coney is looking forward to the NFL draft and says he's just enjoying the process until then.