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SPORTS MEDICINE: Remembering Eastern Michigan's Lorenzo Seaberry, 'The Little Guy With the Big Smile'

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"David P. Dillard" <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 11 Dec 2011 12:31:23 -0500

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SPORTS MEDICINE:

Remembering Eastern Michigan's Lorenzo Seaberry,
'The Little Guy With the Big Smile'

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Remembering Eastern Michigan's Lorenzo Seaberry,
'The Little Guy With the Big Smile'

This guest column is from Derrick Gragg, the director of intercollegiate 
athletics at Eastern Michigan University

Derrick Gragg

Eastern Michigan University

Ann Arbor.com

Posted: Sun, Dec 11, 2011 : 5:59 a.m.

Topics: Sports, Ypsilanti

http://www.annarbor.com/sports/remembering-eastern-michigans- 
lorenzo-seaberry-the-little-guy-with-the-big-smile/

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/7q4j36f

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As the director of intercollegiate athletics at Eastern Michigan 
University, I spend a great deal of time meeting and communicating with 
coaches, student-athletes, donors and many other friends of the 
institution. None of my days is the same and many are unpredictable as I 
am usually overloaded with phone calls, text messages and emails while 
running from one meeting to the next.

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However, no matter how busy I am, every now and then something happens 
that causes me to pause, slow down a bit and put things in proper 
perspective.

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My latest moment of clarity came on a typically hectic day when our head 
athletic trainer Steve Nordwall walked into my office. Steve oversees 
perhaps the most high-risk area and important area in college athletics 
for our department - sports medicine. Steve keeps me up to speed on 
injuries and other physical or mental challenges our student-athletes may 
be experiencing. He also informs me when any student-athlete has come in 
contact with police or other law enforcement officials; thus I tend to 
brace myself a bit when Steve appears

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I could tell by the troubled look on his face that this was not going to 
be a very good exchange, thus, I began thinking of the endless scenarios 
that could have happened the day before. Did we lose someone for the 
season due to injury? Did someone get arrested? Did an athlete skip a 
mandatory counseling session?

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Derrick, do you remember Lorenzo Seaberry? he asked.

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Of course I do. I saw Lorenzo at a football game earlier this season, I 
responded.

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Well, Steve said with a serious look, Lorenzo was just diagnosed with a 
rare form of kidney cancer and the doctors are saying he will live three 
to seven months tops.

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The only response I could utter was, Steve, how old is Lorenzo?

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Hes only 24.

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As athletic administrators we all come in contact with thousands of 
student-athletes over a period of time; so, it is impossible to remember 
everyone. However, Lorenzo MADE you remember him. Those of us who are 
parents try not to make distinctions between our children by labeling any 
of them as our favorites as they grow up. We try our best to treat them 
all the same, and love and care for them in the same manner. Since I have 
many children to care for as the athletic director, I have also attempted 
not make such distinctions.

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However, Lorenzo has always been a bit different and ranks near the top of 
my secret favorite student-athletes of all time. Born and raised in 
Cleveland, Ohio, Lorenzo had beaten all kinds of odds on and off the 
field. He was enrolled in graduate school at Eastern and he certainly 
served as a shining example of how a person can maximize their potential 
athletically and academically through sports.

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Lorenzo entered Eastern Michigan as an under-sized walk-on/non-scholarship 
linebacker in 2005. Anyone who knows anything about college sports can 
tell you that being a walk-on is the toughest thing a student-athlete can 
do. They often end up as practice players (think Rudy) with little to no 
chance of ever seeing meaningful action in games as they go head to head 
with much bigger, stronger skilled athletes. They work just as hard as the 
scholarship athletes all the while paying for their experiences through 
work-study, loans or employment. Many of them are truly the unsung heroes 
of their teams.

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The 2009 Eastern Michigan football media guide lists Lorenzo as 5-foot-8, 
216 pounds, but those of us who know Lorenzo knew that this was a stretch 
at best. However, what Lorenzo lacked in size, he always made up for in 
heart, work ethic and personality. He did not play during his first year 
here, but during the next four years he went on to earn a football 
scholarship and played in 42 games on special teams and as a reserve 
linebacker earning four varsity letters. He was also named Defensive Big 
Playmaker Award for a game in 2007 and earned three additional single-game 
awards during his career. Not lofty statistics by any means, but certainly 
meaningful and significant, especially when considering the long odds he 
beat to contribute to his team.

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We only won eight football games during Lorenzos playing career at Eastern 
Michigan and did not win a single game his last year on the team, but he 
always greeted me with his signature big smile  the same big smile I saw 
at the football game earlier this year.

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As he approached me at the former football players tailgate tent, Lorenzo 
was obviously very proud of our teams improvement and wanted to tell me 
face to face.

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Dr. G, I really like what you guys have going on now with the program, he 
said. I responded by thanking him for his past contributions to the 
program. At the time I did not know that our next in-person visit would 
take place in a hospital little more than a month later.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Sincerely,
David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204 - 4584
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