CountDown to “CountDown …” – Sean Kelly

This Article by Bermuda Bob

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Down thru the years, Duke has had many “Walk-On” players, and I’ve always found that each had a very interesting story of how they got there. Well, Sean Kelly is no different !!!

To those of you who do not know him, yes, Sean is Ryan’s baby brother. Well, if you can call a guy who is 6’3” and 195 lbs. a baby at all. You may also know that Sean was the one of the Team Managers for the last three (3) years.

What you may not know is that he is Andre Dawkins’ favourite golf partner. Yes, they are golf buddies, which they took up during Andre’s year off. They were beginners, then became regulars.

Golf is a game that is said to build character because it takes character to understand the interweavings of the game. In the end, the player is always the better for it, when played as a gentleman, and I have no doubt they did so. It was that character that Coach K saw when he decided to add Sean to the Roster as a “Walk On” for Sean’s Senior year.

While at Ravenscroft High School he played basketball early on, but gave it up to concentrate on Baseball his last two (2) High School years.

You can tell the caliber of young man he is by his comment when told he had been chosen to play instead of manage. “You’re talking about maybe the greatest coach of any sport ever. I got to learn from him for three (3) years as a Manager, and now I get to learn from him as a player.”   It is the smart man who looks first to what he can learn, and he will get to do so up-close-and-personal.

Well, Sean will get to learn from practice and from the bench since “Walk On” players traditionally do not get many minutes.

I just wonder how long it will be before the Cameron Crazies begin to chant “Sean, Sean, Sean” as the implore Coach K to give this year’s member of the Kelly family a chance in Cameron on Coach K Court.

Congratulations, Sean !!!

Rock On !!!

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