Josh began to rely on football at an early age as an escape from his life. He began playing as a defensive end at the junior football level before transitioning into a running back. Josh quickly showed his talent when he began playing at McLain High School in Tulsa and soon began putting up outstanding numbers and leading the entire state of Oklahoma in rushing at the high school level.
The Early Days
Josh was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he faced much adversity from a young age. His parents separated when he was 8 years old. He moved into his father’s home while his father planned a transition to a smaller apartment so he could afford to support his large family. His father, Marty, quickly realized that he could not afford a new place and he, Josh, and his siblings, started to sleep in Marty’s Suburban. Each night, they would find a new spot to park and sleep overnight. This carried on for a few weeks, but Josh always felt safe with his father around. After a few months, Marty gained full-custody of his kids and moved them into his small, two-bedroom apartment. All the while, Josh learned from his father what true dedication meant. This would later come to play a large role in the way Josh shaped his life.
"I just never looked at our life as a struggle. To me, it was just life. It was all I knew."
"Be good. Work hard. Have faith."
A Draft to Remember
In the 2019 draft, Josh finally proved to everyone that he was special. Out of all the running backs who declared for the draft, Josh was the only one chosen in the first round. With the 24th pick in the 2019 draft the Oakland Raiders selected Josh Jacobs and have been eagerly awaiting his debut. He is poised to take on the role of starting running back this season and is ready to show the NFL that he belongs.