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Former NFL Player Earns Spot on Jamaican Bobsled Team

Former NFL Player makes Jamaican Bobsled Team

Coach Michael Blair of Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois, is a former NFL player, and now he has a chance to be a member of the Jamaican bobsled team. Blair is a dual citizen of Jamaica and the United States and has received an invitation to train with the team as it prepares to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Blair met with strength coach Harry Nelson of Team Jamaica while he was on a visit to the island to promote his sports performance and development company, Ninety10 Sports. Nelson introduced him to Devon Harris, the secretary general of the Jamaican Bobsled Federation, and Harris offered him the chance to train with the team. Harris cites Blair’s “mental focus, work ethic and physical prowess” as reasons for the invitation. Blair has already started training in preparation for getting a permanent place on the sled for the Olympic trials, which are scheduled for March of 2017. Blair played for both the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers teams in the 1998 season. Before going professional, Blair played college football for Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Blair needs to raise about $75.000 in a month and has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with the costs of training. He has raised $1,280 to date.

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