Like his fellow NFL coaches, Deland McCullough, the Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach, always feels the November pressure. However, November of 2017 brought McCullough a different, but just as extraordinary and thrilling, feeling. Despite his success in the NFL, something was still missing from the coach’s life. See, Deland McCullough was adopted and wondered for years who his birth parents were. Most importantly, he wondered why his birth mother gave him up.
Then, when Pennsylvania changed some of its adoption laws, everything changed. One day an envelope made it’s way to McCullough’s house – an envelope that opened a path to the truth about so much more than to the identity of his birth mother.
1. The McCulloughs Adopt A Baby
The story of Deland McCullough begins in Pennsylvania in December of 1972. When he was six weeks old, McCullough was given up for adoption by a mother whose name he never knew. Baby Deland was waiting in an orphanage for a family that would take him in as their own.
Luckily for McCullough, that family was on its way. Adelle McCullough saw baby Deland and his big brown eyes – and fell in love. “I knew that was my son,” she later told ESPN. Instantly, she and her husband, A.C. McCullough, just a simple couple from Youngstown, Ohio, decided to adopt the forsaken baby.