|Bernard King Today|
Back in the 1980s SU had black guys starring in the pros such as Art Monk, Joe Morris, and Mike Charles. In addition I arrived on campus the same year as college football Hall of Famer and Heisman Runner up Don McPherson and basketball’s Pearl Washington. The basketball team also had Raff Addison a 6’ 8’’ forward and comedian who would have you rolling. This girl I became involved with introduced me to linebacker Bernard King (Griffith, Georgia). This 6’ 2’’ 230 soft spoken brother who could bench 400, run a 4.4 40, and had a 29 inch waste. At the start of the spring semester, Bernard invited me to a Friday night bible study that Paul and Sandy Jewel of Campus Bible Fellowship hosted at their home just around the corner from Manley Field House. There I met running backs Rodney Carter (Baltimore Polytechnic), and strong safety Vic Bellamy (Central, Philadelphia) as well as several other football players. These guys had several things in common: they remained committed disciples of Jesus Christ and strength coach Mike Woicik. And off the field they looked like cocked dieseled models ready to shoot a GQ casual wear layout. Particularly Bernard and Vic (also a beast), two starters on the SU defense who would go on to play pro ball, had something special about them that I liked. They had a black cool with an added dignity about them that I liked. They were not cocky just confident about who they were. In contrast up until that point in my life, I could best be described as cocky because I needed to mask my deep insecurity about who was as a student athlete with a learning disability and as a black man with a mulato ethos. For more on the other
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