Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman fulfills promise to mother, earns degree from USC


Promise made. Promise kept.

Before her son arrived at USC as a freshman cornerback in 2010, Nickell Robey-Coleman’s mother, Maxine, made him vow that no matter what happened in his football career, he would earn a college degree.

Robey-Coleman later envisioned the moment — and what his late mother’s reaction would be — when he received his diploma.

“I’ll be saying, ‘I did it!’ ” he said in 2011, “And she’ll be like, ‘Well done.’ ”

It took a while, but that moment has arrived.

Last week, Robey-Coleman finished coursework for his USC degree in policy, planning and development, with an emphasis in real estate development.

On Thursday, more than five years after he bet on himself and left school to pursue his NFL dream, the Rams cornerback will don cap and gown for an athletics graduate ceremony at USC’s Galen Center. On Friday, he will participate in the school’s commencement ceremony.

“I’m going to be honest,” he said this week, “I think I’m going to cry.”

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