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Peyton Barber says he entered NFL draft because mother is homeless

Auburn RB Peyton Barber enters NFL draft for his homeless mother.

Auburn running back Peyton Barber revealed that his mother is homeless and that is why he has declared for the NFL draft, according to Chase Goodbread of

Barber declared for the NFL draft last month near the end of the deadline. On Wednesday, he told reporters that he was homeless from age seven to 14 and also has dyslexia and ADHD.

“(Leaving Auburn and declaring for the NFL Draft) was definitely a tough decision, if not the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life,” Barber told earlier this week. “At the same time, I felt like it was the best decision for me and my family just because of the circumstances that had been going on. At the same time I realize that the running back position is in a certain sense devalued (in the NFL), and to add on to that I don’t have that many miles on my body and I know that the scouts look for that. Coming off a 1,000-yard season I felt like I had nothing to really prove.”

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Barber finished last season with 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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