Grand Ledge (Mich.) RB Ba Blamo finds violent peace in football

Grand Ledge (Mich.) RB Ba Blamo finds violent peace in football

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Grand Ledge (Mich.) RB Ba Blamo finds violent peace in football

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Grand Ledge football RB Ba Blamo, right, talks with senior lineman Tyler Quick, left, during warm ups. / Rod Sanford | Lansing State Journal

Grand Ledge football RB Ba Blamo, right, talks with senior lineman Tyler Quick, left, during warm ups. / Rod Sanford | Lansing State Journal

Graham Couch, Lansing State Journal

Ba Blamo began trembling, tears welling underneath his fierce stare.

“The only thing I ask for is to get that one chance to play college football,” the Grand Ledge High School junior said. “And have my mom be able to look on TV and say, ‘Your son is not the type to stay in the street and get in trouble.’ ”

The moment revealed the vulnerabilities, dreams and focus of a 17-year-old trying to play catch-up in a world he doesn’t completely trust.

Blamo is a powerful athlete — above 6-feet, near 200 pounds, an all-state sprinter, chiseled with muscles most of us don’t know exist.

 

The football field is his sanctuary. He’ll line up at running back for the Comets at least one more time this season, when they play at Hartland tonight in the first round of the Division I football playoffs.

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