Auburn RB Peyton Barber Declared For NFL Draft To Help His Homeless Mother

There many underclassmen declaring for this year’s NFL Draft and former Auburn running back Peyton Barber is one of them. His motivation to declare early is surprising.

Barber rushed for 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns as a red-shirt sophomore last season, told reporters Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis that his he decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility at Auburn and enter the NFL Draft to help out his mother, who is homeless:

“My mother is homeless right now. Right now, she’s staying with her sister. It’s her and her three kids staying an apartment back home.”

Barber will be trying up his draft stock while going against Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama.