It’s been a tough week for Arizona State running back Marion Grice as his older brother was shot and killed in a recent attempted robbery.
What was the attempted robbery over? Well, Air Jordan shoes, of course. The fact that someone can take another person’s life over an inanimate object that would change neither of their lives.
The junior running back is the team’s second-leading rusher with 520 carries on 89 yards, making for a solid 5.8 yard per carry average. He leads the team in rushing touchdowns, nine, and yards per carry.
The Sun Devil running back’s brother, Joshua Wood, was just 22 years old and was reportedly gunned down after two men demanded his shoes which he recently bought. Grice left the team to be with his family during the time of grief but has assumed the role of backup running back for the team’s bowl game.
Grice will be dressed and ready to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 29 against Navy.
The Sun Devil’s offensive coordinator, Mike Norvell, told The Arizona Republic that he was glad to have the junior back for many reasons:
“It’s a terrible thing that happened, but we’re glad to have him back and to be able to put our arms around him and get him back on this football field and get him playing.”
Although this tragedy is sure to affect Grice, he has practiced for the past two days prior to Saturday’s bowl game and is looking to rise above the sadness and dedicate the game to his brother.
We see crimes like this happen all the time and it’s just a shame to see someone’s life taken so early. Grice is a strong kid if he can go out and play an emotional game like this after such an emotionally-draining week.