Before Poe’s freshman year of high school, Wooddale High School coach, Cedric Miller, discovered Poe practicing with the school marching band. He told Poe to report to football practice the next day.
By his junior year of high school, Poe was an all-state honorable mention defensive lineman with opportunities to play college football. He saw interest from his hometown school Memphis as well as Auburn, Colorado, and Mississippi. Poe decided on the University of Memphis where he would become a three-year letter winner and garner All-Conference USA second team honors by his junior year. Poe declared for the NFL draft after his junior year and would forgo his senior season. With an incredible performance at the 2012 NFL Combine, Poe was then selected 11th overall in the first round of the draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. With only one year of professional football experience, Poe would go on to be selected as a Pro Bowler in both 2013 and 2014. Poe continues to be an essential component of the Chief’s defensive line as starting defensive tackle.
Dontari’s passion of football would not be possible if it were not for the community he is passionate about, Memphis. He started Poe Man’s Dream Foundation to give back to the community that gave him so much and has shaped him into the man he is today.
Poe Man’s Dream Foundation aims to give under-served middle school and high school students opportunities to succeed by providing them with resources for personal development and tools for success.
Through mentorship and hands-on learning, students build upon their knowledge as well as gain positive role models in their lives to help them pursue their dreams. Poe Man’s Dream is also dedicated to making sure students and their families have the tools they need to succeed through the donations of school supplies, food, clothing, and necessities for families during the holidays.
We're also excited for our 2nd free football camp in Memphis, TN on June 3rd, 2017 at Wooddale High School.