On a chilly winter night last week, the reception was warm inside Klean Fresh Cutz barbershop on E Jefferson Street in Brooksville as DuJuan Harris opened the door and stepped inside.
Waiting in her corner chair was stylist Ashanta "Pines" Lewis.
Lewis greeted Harris, a graduate of Central High School and now a running back for the Green Bay Packers, and asked him how dinner was at Coney Island Drive Inn, across the street.
"It's always good," Harris replied.
Harris, 25, grew up on nearby Peach Street and recalled playing football as a young kid with his older brothers.
"We played tag and tackle football," he said. "If there was grass you were tackled, and if there were asphalt, of course, you were tagged."
Lewis, 32, began to wash Harris' hair and asked how he's recovering from the knee injury that kept him from playing this season and how life off the football field was going.
Harris said he was excited to be home and spending time with his family, especially his 4-year-old son, DuJuan LaTroy Harris II, who lives in Tampa.
"It's home, nothing like it really, to come home and chill with family and friends," he said.
With his sleeves rolled up, Harris displayed a new tattoo with the state of Florida and Brooksville inscribed inside.
"Brooksville is home to me," he said. "I wouldn't change it for nothing else."
Octavio Jones, Times staff photographer