Video: ESPN's 'Chubbtown' details Georgia running back's family history
For Nick Chubb, recovering from his horrific knee injury is nothing compared to what his ancestors overcame about one-and-a-half centuries ago.
ESPN aired a feature called “Chubbtown” on Sunday, highlighting the Georgia running back’s roots as part of “Black History Month.”
The feature explains how a free Negro blacksmith named Isaac Chubb and his sons moved from North Carolina to northwest Georgia to establish “Chubbtown” in 1864.
The year prior to that, president Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in areas of rebellion. It was a tough time during the era of slavery.
Still, Chubbtown — a self-maintained, all-black community filled with various markets — thrived on 2,600 acres about 142 miles from Athens.
The feature discusses the town’s influence on the Heisman hopeful as he gets set for his bounce back season in 2016. You can watch it in its entirety here.