December 11, 2002
When senior Ced Dickerson signed with the Valdosta State Blazers, he never dreamed he'd one day be playing for a national championship. "This is beyond all my dreams, I mean I felt that we would come down here and have a good program and do very well, but making it to this game is maybe a once in a lifetime thing," Senior Rover Ced Dickerson said.
But what makes this weekend extra special for Dickerson is the fact that he'll also graduate on Saturday with a degree in management. "I have a lot of friends that I came to school with who are going to be walking and I wish I could go up there with them and do it but they're all wishing me luck, they know this is my dream," Dickerson added.
And although he won't be able to walk with his classmates Saturday, Dickerson will not miss out on graduation all together. Dickerson said, "I'm actually getting my marketing degree in May, I'm a double major, so I can walk in May with my marketing degree." Valdosta State head coach Chris Hatcher said, "I told him, 'You're going to get the paper whether you walk or not. You don't get to play for the national championship very often, this is your first, go at it. You were on the team that went 4 and 7 several years ago. What a turnaround it has been.'"
And what better way to cap off a great career, both on the field and in the classroom. "I might be the first person in history to graduate from college and win the national championship on the same day. It would be just a great feeling," Dickerson said.
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