The Former University of Louisville running back says Louisville is a good place to raise his family
Sherlene M. Shanklin
Your Story: As we wait for the football season to get started. A former Cardinal and NFL star actually lives in Louisville hoping to build relationships and homes. WHAS11’s Sherlene Shanklin talks to Bilal Powell.
As Bilal Powell awaits to hear what team he will play for this NFL season he continues to build.
Homes that is…The former UofL Cardinal and NY Jets Running Back is now the co-owner of a home building company.
Powell says “I was always into real estate and my partner and I was introduced through some mutual friends. It started off a friendship and we got to talking finally realized he was a builder.”
His business partner at GreyBuilt Homes is Aaron Witt. They decided to team up to grow the business. Named after Witt’s daughter.
He says “The people I know and the people he knows we figured that we don’t have to be a small time business we can really take over the area.”
Powell me on a tour of Floyd Knobs, Indiana . He’s currently looking into opportunities to help in West Louisville. I asked the Florida native why did he decide to come back to Louisville? “Louisville is a great city you know my wife is from here. The city is so family oriented. And I was like this is a great place to raise a family.”
I had to ask the question his fans wanted to know. If a NFL team calls tomorrow would he go back? He says his magic number is 10. So he continues to work out five days a week in the morning before heading into his office. His answer, “Yes, I want to get in 10 years. Its just a personal goal for me to get in ten years. I got the opportunity to play under Ladamion Thompson and he did 10 years obviously Matt Forte’ did 10 years.”
Powell keeps up with his brothers of U of L and the Jets and some plan to team up on future projects.
“Just being an alumni of U of L, the brotherhood. I actually have other teammates they do concrete, they do all of these different things we are now starting to connect which is awesome.”
He gives some advice to those who want to be in the NFL. It’s not where you start but how you finish and he’s a true testament to that. He was drafted in the fourth round at 126. “You definitely have to have a focus and dedication. One thing about the NFL the talent margin is small. “It doesn’t matter if you come in as a first rounder or a seventh rounder or undrafted. If you work hard and do what you need to do and be consistent at what you do. You can stick around for a long time.”
I also asked Powell what legacy would he like to leave behind? He says, “I’m a guy of few words, but my actions speak louder than my words. I just want to be a guy known to be consistent, my profession, my friendship, my marriage whatever it maybe I was consistent in what I did and something like this is an opportunity to leave something like this for my kids.”
Bilal Powell hopes to build six to eight homes this year since the economy is now on the upswing. Focusing on building on both sides of the river. The free agent had nine successful seasons in the NFL to date.
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