COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Football in South Carolina has no off-season. After the final whistle in the fall, attention turns to next season.
For Ridge View junior linebacker Miquel Mason, that holds true. Ask anyone that has played with him, and they'll tell you he's a leader. More importantly, they'll tell you he's one of the hardest working kids out there.
When he's not on the gridiron, he's on the grill -- and the smoker, helping his older brothers out with their new food business. They make turkey legs that serve two people, and lobster mac and cheese that took a lot of trial and error to perfect.
"It takes hard work, waking up early Saturday mornings from about six o clock," to start the smoker, Miquel said. "It's dedication to making the best food possible."
The relentless attitude he possesses on the field translates to off of it. The youngest of the three, Miquel says it's not that bad playing that role seeing as he gets to learn from Eric & Derrick.
"It's very important to me that we teach him business skills," Derrick said. "I understand what he wants to do, because I want him to pursue football, but I feel like its very important to have these morals and principles."
Eric, the oldest of the trio, says they have always bonded through business ventures, and finding innovative ways to create something customers will want. "Selling lemonade before, selling candy, I started a video business," Eric said. "Its really rewarding to see all three of us getting involved and being our own boss."
Their goal is to open up a restaurant in Columbia, and while it is just the beginning stages of that vision, they know patience will pay off.