O’Tarian Peoples isn’t sure of the exact amount of family members to have previously suited up in Temple’s storied blue front, white back pants and, or, walked the high school’s halls. So, he settled for the general sum of “a lot” as he tried to pick a total out of the air.
But, really, no specific number is necessary because the Wildcats’ 6-foot, 190-pound junior safety is nevertheless well aware of the lineage, and his drive to represent it to the best of his ability is no less committed.
“It’s a big deal. It’s just very important,” said Peoples, who often goes by O.T. “It’s a tradition and you just have to live up to the tradition.”