Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury had the Red Raiders football team watch a video from a pair of New England Patriots stars during their meeting Monday following the Patriots' 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon.
The message was one that no Texas Tech player expected, especially not sophomore defensive back Justus Parker.
Former Red Raider wide receiver Danny Amendola (2004-07) and currently New England teammate Rob Gronkowski appeared on the screen to let Parker know he is now on scholarship:
HUGE thanks to @DannyAmendola and @RobGronkowski for having a special part in making a dream come true for @justus_parker. #chills #PatriotWay #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/qJJZwdeeEW— Kliff Kingsbury (@TTUKingsbury) December 18, 2017
Unbelievable moment getting told by @RobGronkowski and @DannyAmendola that I️ am officially on Scholarship!! Thankful and blessed to attend Texas Tech University— JP (@justus_parker) December 18, 2017
Parker appeared in all 12 games for Texas Tech this season where he totaled 42 tackles, in addition to four forced fumbles, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery. The 6-foot, 210-pound defensive back sat out the 2016 season after transferring from DIII Texas Lutheran following his freshman year.
The Red Raiders finished the season 6-6, and will face South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl Dec. 23.