Louis Murphy, Jr. of the Oakland Raiders visits inmates in Clearwater

Louis Murphy, Jr., wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders and member of two Florida Gator national championship teams, came to the Pinellas County jail Annex II facility in Clearwater this afternoon to speak with approximately 100 inmates who participate in the Smart Choices Program.

Smart Choices, which began in 2008, is a “modified therapeutic community” program according to the sheriff’s office Web site. The program works with male and female inmates on improving communication skills, workplace readiness and substance abuse education among others.

Murphy spoke with the male and female inmates in the graduation room about change and motivation.

“I just want to share a couple of words of wisdom and I just want to speak on a couple of points,” Murphy said.

Murphy said that the reason he is where he is at in life is because of his mother. Murphy cited that losing his mother on Valentine’s Day in 2008 changed how he lives his life. He said that losing her made him feel that he needs to speak about second chances. Murphy’s mother was a probation officer and a juvenile detention center teacher.