He earned his bachelor's degree from Miami in 1996.
He played professionally with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals (1996-97) and Philadelphia Eagles (1997), the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1998-99) and the XFL's Chicago Enforcers (2001).
The Wright Brothers and especially Glenn Curtiss were trying to prove to the Navy that the airplane had a place in the fleet.
The first aircraft carrier was built in January 1911, and a few weeks later, the seaplane made its first appearance.
Realizing the advantages of the Pensacola harbor and the large timber reserves nearby for shipbuilding, President John Quincy Adams and Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard, in 1825, made arrangements to build a Navy yard on the Southern tip of Escambia County, where the air station is today.
He twice (19) won All-MAC first team honors (he was a second teamer in 1994).
He was the first Miami player to earn MAC Freshman of the Year acclaim (1992) and was later a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. He was inducted into the Miami Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. He and his wife, Darnell, have four sons, Deland Jr., 16, Dasan, 13, Daeh, 12, and Diem, 1.
In 1906, many of these newly rebuilt structures were destroyed by a great hurricane and tidal wave.
Meanwhile, great strides were being made in aviation.