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Former Wildcat Eric Bledsoe talks about fatherhood with the Players’ Tribune

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Photo by Gary Dineen | NBAE via Getty Images

When he isn’t putting up points on the hardwood, former Kentucky Wildcat Eric Bledsoe is raising a pair of children. The Milwaukee Buck shared his story with The Players’ Tribune.

“I always had to battle throughout my whole life,” he said. “People doubted me, telling me I couldn’t do nothing, I wasn’t going to make it, especially a kid from Birmingham, Alabama trying to make a way. They doubted me and told me I couldn’t achieve my dream. I used that to stay hungry and stay positive.”

He learned how to fight through adversity from his mother. A woman who juggled three jobs to support her son, it pushed Bledsoe to be his best. That’s the same message he shares with his children today.

In 2019 Bledsoe and the Bucks finished with the best record in the NBA. He averaged 15.9 points and 5.5 assists as the team’s top perimeter defender before they were eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 Comments for Former Wildcat Eric Bledsoe talks about fatherhood with the Players’ Tribune

  1. blueblue
    12:28 pm June 29, 2019 Permalink

    The Bucks had an awesome season!! Only eliminated by the eventual World Champs.

  2. Saul T. Nuts
    12:55 pm June 29, 2019 Permalink

    Eric Bledsoe seems like a great guy, and I’m super proud he went to UK!

    • terwilliger
      1:24 pm June 29, 2019 Permalink

      Could not agree more. Bledsoe has faced some adversity in his life, and as a result, he is both very humble and has perspective.

      The great musician Ray Wylie Hubbard says that “the days when my gratitude is greater than my expectations… well, those are pretty good days”. Bledsoe strikes me as the kind of guy who gets that, and lives by it.

  3. gobble gobble
    1:33 pm June 29, 2019 Permalink

    Not sure “Former Wildcat” in the headline/title is necessary.