All-Metro running back Dodd trades in football for badge

August 27, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

One of the most celebrated high school football players ever )) in Carroll County has given up the game and dropped out of school after one day in camp at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Running back Mike Dodd, a first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro choice last season from South Carroll, said yesterday he no longer has "any fire in my eye" for football.

"Football gets old after a while," said Dodd. "I loved football in high school but I've always wanted to be a cop and that's what I'm going to do. I plan to enter the Baltimore County Police Academy in January and be a Baltimore County cadet and eventually transfer to the state police. Hopefully I'll be a Maryland state policeman when I'm 23."

Dodd, 18, said he has been doing what other people want him to do "all my life and now I'm going to do what I want."

One of those "other people" was his father, Mel, who was a Washington Redskins usher for 21 years and believes his son could play in the NFL in three or four years if "he put his heart into it."

Mel Dodd said his son told him when he came home from Shepherd Aug. 13: "Dad, I know you want me to go to college and play football. I don't have any feelings inside of me anymore for the game. I don't have it in my heart. I only wanted to have a good senior year. All the other stuff [seven awards and scholarship offers] was unexpected."

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound running back who dominated the county in rushing (1,299 yards) and scoring (14 touchdowns) last season said all the accolades "got my head a little high and I didn't like that."

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