Toledo defensive end Ben Pike may not have been an All American, but his name was on the radar of NFL scouts. That’s what makes this story even more amazing.
Cleveland.com is reporting that the Rockets star defensive end is walking away from football to take care of his Leukemia stricken fiancée’ Ashlee Barrett.
Pike and Barrett first learned that she was battling Leukemia in April of 2012. Barrett who was a Toledo basketball player, returned to her hometown of St. Louis to start teaching 2nd grade.
When Barrett found out that her Leukemia had returned, the decision for Pike to quit football was an easy one. The 22-year-old Pike had one more year of eligibility left, and most likely could have looked forward to a career in the NFL.
Instead the 22-year-old Pike, will graduate in May, and return to St. Louis. He still plans to marry Ashlee June 15, and will be by Barrett’s side each day through a bone marrow transplant and recovery from leukemia.
Pike’s mother spoke about his comme...