- Lost his mother to HIV/AIDS while he was still in high school.
- Wrote a play in high school based on Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech for a city-wide contest in Atlanta; earned second-place honors.
- Attended college on academic and athletic scholarships.
- Played defensive back and later running back on the University of Georgia football team.
- Prior to breaking into film and television, wrote and performed a one-man stage show, IronE...Resurrected.
- Performed as Homer the Brave, the mascot for the Atlanta Braves baseball team, from 1997 to 2006. Also briefly worked as Thrash, the mascot for the Atlanta Thrashers ice-hockey team.
- Changed his name to IronE in 2000, to use as an icebreaker while trying to launch his showbiz career.