Rising above | The Columbus Dispatch

Rising above | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 67 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jan 10, 2010, titled Rising above | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

LeVon Morefield, a University of Akron football player and Brookhaven High School graduate, is a finalist for the 2009 Rudy Award.

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Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 10, 2010
Gosh, he plays football. How inspirational!
very interesting

Dublin, OH

#2 Jan 10, 2010
If accurate this IS inspirational. I hope it's true.
JAN RHODES

Palm Harbor, FL

#3 Jan 10, 2010
MY PRAISE AND CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO LeVON FOR THIS GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT. KAREN, YOU ARE THE PICTURE OF WHAT JESUS WOULD HAVE DONE. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE IN LeVON'S LIFE BUT HE MADE A HUGE CHOICE TO LET YOU HELP HIM. BLIND SIDE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU AND LeVON. I SURE WISH YOU WOULD WIN THE RUDY AWARD. SOUNDS TO ME LIKE HE DESERVES IT.
Amazing

Mount Vernon, OH

#4 Jan 10, 2010
Great story of two great human beings. It does not get any better than the two of them.
Bored

Columbus, OH

#5 Jan 10, 2010
I am so tired of reading propaganda like this story. He played a sport, worked a job, and attended college; and he deserves praise and a story written about him?
Working stiff

Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 10, 2010
Wonderful, uplifting story about a young man whose bio could, and by all odds should, read much differently. To attend college, play as a non-scholarship athlete in Division 1, and work the schedule he did and still graduate is a huge accomplishment. I wonder what BORED AND BIG JOHNSON, given the same childhood, would have done with their lives. My guess is LeVon will be signing both of their paychecks someday.
Westerville Parent too

Westerville, OH

#7 Jan 10, 2010
I haven't even read this story yet, but have seen posts from BIG JOHNSON and BORED on other stories. It is sad that you seem to go thru life with a negative attitude, and even sadder that your try to bring everyone else down with your statements. Anytime I can hear about good things-bring them on! I like GOOD!
Mayor Cruz

Columbus, OH

#9 Jan 10, 2010
Ms. Armstrong is hot. Houston, we have a problem. A SEXY problem.
Cbus Teacher

Columbus, OH

#10 Jan 10, 2010
This is an important story because this young man is where he is because of the guidance he recieved, but most importantly, his hard work. I had Levon as a student. He will go far in life. Go Levon!
Anony

Galloway, OH

#11 Jan 10, 2010
Great, wonderful story. Inspirational. I too like hearing positive stories and dislike the constant criticism and negativity.

I agree with Westerville Parent regarding negative attitudes. This young man overcame a lot. What an inspiration for others who have been in his shoes. I also admire Karen Armstrong for her courage and tenacity.
KSHO

Springboro, OH

#12 Jan 10, 2010
People can change and others will be bless folds in their life for being a helping hand . Levon, you are a inspiration in so many that are in your shoes and that were . Don't look back ever , I know you'll never forget the pass but you were the chosen one to achieve and not go the other way . You are a role model for so many children that are where you use to be , it was so good to wake up this morning and read something so good in the paper about a adult teenage going in the right direction due to the situation you once live . And for Karen , I know it was a difficult choice you had to make but look what you achieve with your helping hand ,you as well as Levon are a role model that we all can learn from, keep up the excellent work you will be rewarded !
Sally

South Pekin, IL

#13 Jan 10, 2010
We need more news like this. I wholeheartedly ditto the remarks of Jan Rhodes and Working Stiff. This young man deserves the Rudy Award. And Karen deserves an award, too. Go Levon & Karen!!
Ruby

United States

#14 Jan 10, 2010
I'm very inspired by both LaVon Morefield and Karen Armstrong. What a testament to the human spirit. I hope LaVon will keep being a strong, vibrant, successful, and inspiring man to all who cross his path, whether in person on in a story in a newspaper. I personally believe he will do GREAT!
FACT

Columbus, OH

#15 Jan 10, 2010
Here is the saint and role model all of you are patronizing and fawning over.
Take a look at the pictures and verbiage.

http://www.facebook.com/levonmorefield...
wish I could

Dublin, OH

#16 Jan 10, 2010
I tried to use the facebook link but it did not work. How does one see such pages?
Joan Ramirez

Hamilton, OH

#17 Jan 10, 2010
LeVon, you know how much you are loved by your family, i know how hard it was being without parents for you. Your mother is my youngest daughter, so you know I know the real story....Karen was a great help to you and her concern is greatly appreciated. It seems to me that part of her story is not factual, and she may contact me at [email protected] so she may get HER facts straight.
You have worked hard son, and you have the ability to achieve any goal you may set in life.
We love you and good luck; hoping that you win "The Rudy", MaMa, Aunt Stephanie, Cliff and the entire Ramirez Family
If I Only Had a BRAIN

Columbus, OH

#18 Jan 10, 2010
GOOD FOR YOU Karen and LeVon!!! What a great thing you both have done! i am truly inspired by your very personal story.
PEARL

Columbus, OH

#19 Jan 10, 2010
Bored wrote:
I am so tired of reading propaganda like this story. He played a sport, worked a job, and attended college; and he deserves praise and a story written about him?
Concidering where the young man came from and the choices he had in life, yes it is newsworthy. He could be sitting in prison with his brother, but because someone saw the good in him he chose to be a productive citizen. Sad that you can't see the value.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#20 Jan 10, 2010
Cbus Teacher wrote:
This is an important story because this young man is where he is because of the guidance he recieved, but most importantly, his hard work. I had Levon as a student. He will go far in life. Go Levon!
If you taught him spelling and sentence composition, then he better be real good at football.
GrammarLady

Galloway, OH

#21 Jan 10, 2010
Big Johnson wrote:
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If you taught him spelling and sentence composition, then he better be real good at football.
Do you completely understand English grammar? You're missing a verb there, as in "had better." Better is NOT a verb.

Really, criticizing someone for a petty typo? That's mean and low.

Way to go Levon and Karen.

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