Originally written February 07, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
Not playing for the team you grew up rooting for happens all the time in college athletics, especially football. Just because you are a fan of one team, and happen to be a good player, doesn’t mean you are on their radar. Take Reon Dawson of Trotwood-Madison High in Ohio. The 3-star recruit grew up an Ohio State Buckeyes fan, but the Bucks didn’t recruit him. However, the Michigan Wolverines, the bitter-rival of tOSU, did. He signed his National Letter of Intent to play in Ann Arbor, yesterday. But just because he is playing for the Maize and Blue, it doesn’t mean he is turning his back on his childhood team. “Until I die, I’m gonna be a Buckeye fan, even though I’m going (to Michigan),” Dawson told the Dayton Daily News. “When we play (OSU), I’m gonna still bring my ‘A’ game. But I love Ohio State.” This is weird, definitely weird, but not surprising. What is surprising is saying it publicly. He can expect a bit of some crap from his future teammates that have a strong disdain for the Buckeyes. You can have respect for your rival, but you can’t root for them. Nobody told Reon Dawson [...]
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