Wood driven by dreams of helping family

Wood driven by dreams of helping family
September 3, 2013, 10:00 am
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The first person Cierre Wood called after he found out he made the Texans’ roster can’t speak yet.

He called his 1-year-old daughter Braelin. Well, he called Braelin’s mother and asked for his daughter, who will turn 2 soon.

Providing for his daughter and other family members is what drives the undrafted running back from Notre Dame. Wood said that’s why he came to Houston with a sense of desperation to make the team.

“If I don’t feed me and my family, nobody else is,” said Wood, who admitted he was sad at first when he didn’t get drafted. “At that point, it’s all up to me. If I pass out on the field, so be it. Somebody won’t take me off.”

Wood further explained what he meant about taking care of his family.

“I’m talking about my daughter in particular,” he said. “She’s 1, about to be 2. My family’s really had to struggle basically all of my life. I just wanted to get them out of that situation. I can really care less about me. I really don’t do it for me.

“Yes, I love the game. Yes, I love the competitiveness. This is the highest stage of them all. Like I said, at the end of the day, I don’t do this for me at all.

“If I can make a lot of money and I can give it all to my daughter, that’s exactly what I plan to do. If my mom can live happy and I can do some things to help her, help my dad, help my brothers and sisters, that’s what I’m going to do. At the end of the day, I can really care less about me. As long as my daughter is fine and my family is okay, I’m OK at that point.”