For some time, Cordell Broadus the football player wasn't who Cordell Broadus the person wanted to be.
Chip Patterson wrote for CBS Sports that Broadus — rapper Snoop Dogg's son — was rated a four-star wide receiver and committed to suit up at the University of California, Los Angeles after a slew of college football powerhouses sought his talents on the gridiron.
Snoop Dogg's fame and reputation as a sports enthusiast made expectations high, but Broadus surprised fans this summer when he decided to quit football, Marissa Payne wrote for The Washington Post.
An Instagram picture posted Wednesday by Broadus to wish his father a happy 44th birthday detailed his decision to stop playing and how Snoop Dogg supported him.
"I played football for my father because I thought that was the only way he would love me and be apart [sic] of my life," Broadus wrote. "It took me 12 years to realize he loves Cordell Broadus the person not Cordell Broadus the football player. The best day of my life was when I heard those exact words; I love you dad and hope you have a great birthday."
Snoop Dogg's love of football and his son's progress as a college prospect were documented on an ESPN miniseries called "Snoop & Son," Tim Daniels wrote for Bleacher Report. Daniels noted young athletes often make sports a priority to please their parents, but Broadus' heart must have been elsewhere.
And according to Daniels, Snoop Dogg deserves praise for not pressuring his son despite his passion for the game.
"It's good to see [Broadus] was able to reach an understanding with his father about the issue and that it didn't fracture the relationship," Daniels' report read.
With his summertime decision made, Broadus is pursuing other passions such as film, according to Fox Sports.
And Bleacher Report indicated he's still enrolled at UCLA as he works toward academic interests.
What should sports-loving parents like Snoop Dogg do if their children reveal they don't have the same interest?
Like with Broadus' drive to succeed in film, parents should encourage kids to join something — even if it's not a team, Heather Wittenberg wrote for Parents.com. Club types, in particular, are endless and could instill new passions in children.
Parents should search for positive activities for their kids if they grow tired of traditional team sports, too, Susan Stiffelman wrote for The Huffington Post.
"While you may have fond memories from your own childhood sports experiences, your son has his own strengths, interests and passions," Stiffelman reported. "Encourage him to try, but if he isn't interested, choose an alternative. Some of the best tennis players were undoubtedly children who threw a fit when their parents tried to force them to play a team sport like baseball."
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