Eddie Lacy was a teenager in southern Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina destroyed his family's home in 2005.
As Lacy excelled at Dutchtown High School, he slept on a couch in his family's trailer. As Lacy starred at Alabama, his parents and younger sister watched many of his games from that same trailer. Even after getting drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round in 2013, Lacy would sleep in the trailer when he returned home.
But Lacy knew his family deserved better, and he was determined to move his family into a home. That's exactly what he's done with part of the $3.39 million rookie deal he signed.
Construction on the Lacy's new house was finished earlier this year, and the family moved in in August. The 24-year-old Lacy took his first trip to the home on Oct. 28, during the Packers' bye week.
"I was happy, man. Just knowing that they don't have to be cramped up in that little trailer no more," Lacy recently told the Green Bay Post-Gazette. "They have a lot more room. It's just positive vibes all around. There's no reason for them to be like, 'Oh, we have to drive back to a trailer,' or 'Why are we still in a trailer?' It's more like, 'Coming home from work, at least I have a house and a comfortable bed that actually fits in a room, and we still have room to walk around and stuff like that.'
Lacy, the NFL's 2013 offensive rookie of the year, has five rushing touchdowns and 547 total yards this year.