Great story I’m sure most of you have already seen. Rushel Shell is not preparing for his freshman year in a typical way.
Every day, Rushel Shell looks at his twin daughters, Arionna and Amiyah, in awe. Already three months old, the girls are getting bigger and stronger by the day. He’s even beginning to see a little of himself in them.
Children have a way of changing things. Shell said he’s changed — for the better — because of his girls.
“It made me mature a lot,” said Shell. “It took me out of my kid state, and now I feel like I’m more of an adult than a kid. Whenever I’m out and thinking of doing something or wanting to do something, it makes me think about my daughters before I do anything.
“Most of the time, it’s just making me a better person.”
Shell has had to grow up in a hurry. He’s working a construction job to make money to provide for his kids. In a couple weeks, he’ll be starting summer classes at Pitt — he said he might like to study some type of engineering — and learning how to balance the rigors of academics with the demands of football.
We’ve all known that one of the major reasons Shell was sticking with Pitt after FraudGraham was that he was going to be a father before he graduated high school. That happens in life. It’s how you act. It’s what kind of responsibility you assume that shows what kind of person you are.
Yes great things are hoped for (expected?) on the field from Shell. More importantly, Shell is showing himself to be one who makes us proud that he will be at Pitt.