You may have seen him on pro football’s largest stage: the Super Bowl.

But on Thursday, area students will have the opportunity to see Devin Wyman up close and personal when he comes to Stephenville to give motivational speeches to students at Gilbert Intermediate and Henderson Junior High School.

Wyman was a defensive lineman who played college football at Kentucky State University. He was drafted into the NFL by the New England Patriots and also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and in the Arena League.

Today, the football star stands at 6’8”, weighs 335 pounds, can bench press more than 500 pounds and run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.

He also travels the country sharing his life experiences and encouraging youth to make positive choices.    

Stephenville resident Ben McCleery has worked with Wyman through a prison ministry and was asked if he could help bring him to Stephenville.

McCleery said he was skeptical at first about being able to raise enough money to accomplish that goal, but quickly learned that there would be plenty of people who would step in to help.

“It’s a God thing,” McCleery said. “Every door has flown open and we have been able to bring him here. This is going to be great for the students.”

Wyman will visit with students at Gilbert Intermediate at 8 a.m. Thursday, then travel to Henderson Junior High at 10. For those who won’t get a chance to hear Wyman’s motivational speeches that afternoon, he will share his message of hope at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church’s Paradigm building.

McCleery said students of all ages are invited to attend the free event.

“We are going to have enough pizza for everyone and we hope the kids will come out and meet him (Thursday night),” McCleery said. “He is going to talk about what it was like before and after God came into his life.”  

He also said Wyman will entertain the crowd with strength demonstrations like tearing a phone book in half.

For those who can’t  make it Thursday, there will be a final chance to meet Wyman in Granbury Saturday. Wyman and former NFL player Bill Glass will host    

“Dads and Doughnuts” from 9-11 a.m. at the Granbury Resort Conference Center, located at 621 Pearl Street. The event is also free and attendees will have a chance to visit with Wyman and Glass, get autographs and share an apple fritter with the football standouts.