July 10, 2015

Delaware Valley Football Player Hopes to Make Eagles Roster, Accomplish Dream

#88 Rasheed Bailey (Image by John Green)
In a world of first-round draft picks and huge signing bonuses, one local Philly athlete is working hard to make it big with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rasheed Bailey grew up in Philadelphia, in the Abbotsford Home Projects of Roxborough. He played football at Roxborough High, where he excelled at tight end.

“I feel like, you know, me growing up in these streets, every time I step onto that field, I feel that passion in my heart,” Bailey said. “I feel my city, I hear that ‘fly Eagles fly’ song in my head. It’s a part of me.”

Bailey ended up playing football at a small Division III college, Delaware Valley University. The Aggies have an enrollment of under 2,000 students, and student-athletes are given the option to participate in more than one sport, something that is almost entirely nonexistent in Division I.

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