HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Reggie Phillips was an integral force in Super Bowl XX as a rookie on the relentless Chicago Bears defense. He is credited with a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown to help lead the Bears to a 46-10 win over the New England Patriots for the championship. But Phillips will tell you, life wasn't always as easy as that magical play that captivated the world.
Phillips participated in a news conference on Wednesday that was hosted by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and P.A.C.E, an organization comprised of professional athletes, celebrities and entertainers.
The 2017 Youth Bowl Experience is a unique opportunity for professional athletes to interact with young people who are yearning for inspiration to propel them in the direction of their dreams.
Karen Johnson, the mother of former Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, was also at the news conference and she is encouraging fellow parents to believe in the dreams of their children.
"They want to see your face, they want to see their names called, they want someone there cheering for them," says Karen.
Phillips says that after retiring from playing professional football, he decided to return to Houston to mentor youth.
"They can see me and I can bring some of the other guys so they can see that they can make it," adds Phillips. "They can see some of the other guys that have made it, maybe they can say I can make it, I don’t have to sell these drugs, maybe I can get out, maybe I can make it.”