MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Jon Feliciano is getting ready for the NFL Draft, accomplishing a childhood dream that seemed very unlikely growing up.
As a child, his family home was condemned and his mother was battling cancer.
Feliciano spent five years pushing people around for the University of Miami, but before that he was pushing through some of the hardest times in his life.
“You know it’s tough to sit down and think about all the stuff that happened,” Feliciano said. “My mom having breast cancer twice, living house to house. I just try to live in the moment. I don’t look back and think of it as sob story, you know.”
Feliciano is moving forward, working out with current and former Hurricanes in the hopes of hearing his name called in the 2015 NFL Draft.
“You’re here working out with Andre Johnson, Santana Moss, Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, the list goes on, Sean Spence,” he said. “Just to be a part of that group of names is awesome.”
Despite doing some shopping and hanging poolside at the Fontainebleau, the best part of his day came in the form of a phone call from his mother.
“She had a lump next to her breast,” explained Feliciano. “We got the results today that it’s not cancerous so we’re happy about that.”
CBS4’s Mike Cugno asked Feliciano if he draws a lot of strength from his mother.
“Yea, her and my father,” he replied. “My dad works his butt off and on the other side my mom fights her butt off.”