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Greensburg Salem grad Brennan Marion brings Howard to Offutt Field again for practice

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Venerable Offutt Field was set to host its third straight Greensburg Salem game Friday night. But not before an alum stopped by for a quick practice with his college football team.

Golden Lions graduate Brennan Marion, the avant-garde offensive coordinator at Howard (Washington, D.C.), brought the team to Greensburg for the second straight year. The Bison (0-1) held a light workout while in transit to Kent State.

Marion likes to send the message to up-and-coming youth that persistence can pay off. He has told stories of rough times growing up, uncertainty at every turn. But he is a long shot who made it. He ping-ponged between Homewood and Greensburg before settling in at the latter.

“You can make it from anywhere,” he said. “The best thing I did was come back here for my senior year.”

Marion was homeless for four months before finally playing junior-college football. That led him to Tulsa and eventually a short stint with the Miami Dolphins cut short by injury.

Now, he’s coaching Division I football and drawing up inventive plays for quarterback Caylin Newton, the brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, and an uptempo, “Go-Go” offense.

— Bill Beckner Jr.

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