COLUMBIA — In addition to being a beast in the middle of Missouri's defensive line, senior Lucas Vincent has modeling experience.
Vincent's mother, Genia Vincent, said her son modeled between the ages of 1 and3. On top of that, Lucas Vincent was the winner of multiple baby contests, including one that had over 50 entries.
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"I was an adorable child," said Lucas Vincent, now 6-foot-2, 305 pounds. It was hard for him to remember his early modeling career, but the Olathe, Kan., native did recall getting his picture in the local newspaper.
According to Genia Vincent, young Lucas was indeed adorable.
"He was a great baby that was always smiling," she said.
But she said her son uttered his first curse word at an early age, around the holidays. When Lucas Vincent was 3 years old, Santa Claus paid a surprise visit to his house. The doorbell rang. Lucas Vincent went to the window and peered through the blinds. He saw jolly old St. Nick outside.
An excited Lucas Vincent looked back at his grandmother. "Holy s--- grandmother, it's Santa Claus!" Genia Vincent remembers him saying.
Ask Lucas Vincent to tell you a funny story about his childhood, andhe might tell you about the time he decided to play with his friends instead of helping his father mow the lawn. But his dad got the best of his 8-year-old son.
"He's got a weak little paintball gun," Lucas Vincent said. "And he popped me in the butt with it."
Lucas Vincent never refused to mow the lawn again.