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Toledo player gives up football to care for ill fiancee

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02:02 PM ET 02.14 | In a sad but inspiring story, Toledo defensive lineman Ben Pike has announced that he is giving up football to help care for his fiancee, who is stricken with leukemia. Pike has one year of eligibility remaining, but plans to leave school when he graduates in May and move to St. Louis to help his fiancee Ashley Barrett, a former Toledo basketball player, through the treatment process. It's sad whenever someone has to give up the sport they love before they want to, but Pike's dedication during a difficult time is nothing if not inspiring.

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February 14, 2013  02:25 PM ET

You're a stand up guy, Pike.

February 14, 2013  04:18 PM ET

Good luck to you and your fianc?? young man.

February 14, 2013  04:28 PM ET

Now, that's true dedication.

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February 14, 2013  10:09 PM ET

Good dharma brings good karma.

 
February 15, 2013  11:14 AM ET

"If you have your health, you have no problems"......puts any issue I have personally in perspective....sounds like he has his priorities in perfect order.....hopefully, remission is in her near future...good luck.......

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