Lost his mother to HIV/AIDS while he was still in high school. Wrote a play in high school based on Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech for a city-wide contest in Atlanta; earned second-place honors. Attended college on academic and athletic scholarships. Played defensive back and later running back on the University of Georgia football team. Prior to breaking into film and television, wrote and performed a one-man stage show, IronE...Resurrected. Performed as Homer the Brave, the mascot for the Atlanta Braves baseball team, from 1997 to 2006. Also briefly worked as Thrash, the mascot for the Atlanta Thrashers ice-hockey team. Changed his name to IronE in 2000, to use as an icebreaker while trying to launch his showbiz career.