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Malcolm Creer was a decent running back as a junior, but with training from B2G Sports, he rushed for 1,270 yards, 19 touchdowns as a senior, and he is heading to the University of Colorado to play college football. Photo by Jason LewisBy Jason LewisSentinel Sports Editor
Malcolm Creer is the ideal student athlete. Smart, hardworking, and an all around good guy. He is a guy who is always on the move, bettering himself and his community. Creer is from the Crenshaw district, goes to school at Palisades, studies American Sign Language (ASL) at Santa Monica Community College, and works with children with autism at Palms middle school in West Los Angeles. Somehow he found time to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and become a standout running back on the football team. His academic and athletic talents had a number of colleges recruiting him, including Washington, Washington State, Nebraska, Colorado, and Houston.After weighing his options with his mother, who has always pushed him academically, Creer will be heading to Colorado to play football. Creer’s story is an interesting one, because he was not heavily recruited throughout his high school career. Actually, the phone was not ringing at all during his senior season. As a junior he rushed for about 600 yards on a 1-9 team.Creer said that he didn’t really know what he was doing out there on the field. He was playing off of natural ability, which was only going to take him so far. The following summer Creer sacrificed hanging out with friends to build himself into a better football player. With the help of B2G Sports, Creer put on 15 pounds of muscle, improved his speed and agility, and obtain skills and knowledge to make himself into a dominant running back. “I over dedicated myself knowing that if I put in the hard work I would get something in the end,” Creer said. That way of thinking was absolutely right. Standing at 5’11” and 200 pounds, Creer rushed for 1,270 yards on only 120 carries and his north/south style of running led him to the endzone 19 times. Palisades went from the basement of the Western League to a semifinalist in the City’s Division II playoff bracket. Creer’s intelligence on the field allowed him to explain the plays to his teammates, and his down hill running style led to a number of big plays. Because Creer had a good grade point average, he was very appealing to colleges. The hard work in the classroom paid off as much as the hard work on the football field. His favorite subject is history, and he plans to major in education. Creer did not want to be like most students and take Spanish or French to satisfy the foreign language requirement. He chose ASL instead, but it was not offered at Palisades. ASL was offered at Santa Monica, so that’s where Creer went. He is now in his second year of ASL, and he says that he is pretty good at it. Athletics and schoolwork keeps Creer busy, he also plays on the basketball team, but community service is also important to him. He participates with Team Prime Time, where he is a counselor and works with disabled children. “We shine the spotlight on them and encourage them to work harder,” Creer said. Creer attends Crenshaw Christian Center on Sundays. “I thank God for everything he put me through,” Creer said. Creer might make it to the NFL one day. If not, he’ll have a college degree and he will be a difference maker in our community.
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