After a stunning performance at this past weekend’s SEC Championship between Auburn and Mississippi State where he set a new rushing record, Auburn running back Tre Mason was today announced as one of six finalists up for this year’s Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious individual in all of college football.
While Mason’s performance on the field is how he’s made his name in the relentlessly competitive world of collegiate sports, the powerful young running back is also something of hip-hop royalty, being the son of Vincent Mason, better known as Maseo, DJ, rapper and one-third of legendary rap innovators, De La Soul, best known for hit singles like “Me Myself & I” and “Stakes is High.”
“I try not to get into my dad’s shine,” the younger Mason said in an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer (via The Big Lead) back in 2011 when he was just a freshman hoping to make the team. “I try to make a scene for myself. I congratulate him on everything he’s accomplished in his life. I try to do the same for mine.”