"I was ready to quit," the rookie WR told Rob Reischel of Forbes.com. "Then me and my dad sat down and talked about it for a few hours. I told him I was ready to quit football, that I didn't want to play anymore. And he told me to use it as motivation. And over time, I kept progressing and getting better and better."
Fast forward nearly a decade later and Valdes-Scantling is fresh off a preseason debut where he hauled in five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.