Dr. Derrick Payne, DDS

“The Role Model”

Dentist, Owner, Superior Smiles, Memphis, TN

It’s an old saying, but all of us who have played football or any other high speed or contact sport have heard it before: “It only takes one play to end your career.” This was definitely the case for DaFellaz member, Derrick Payne. “D. Payne,” as we still call him, was blessed with cat-like quickness and a burst of speed unlike any I’d seen. This guy was so good he seemed to return at least 1 out of every 2 punts for touchdowns in practice and we all felt he was destined for the NFL. However, that all ended on a muggy Saturday night down in Starkville, Miss., when D. Payne tore a major ligament in his knee.