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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Brooklyn Columbia Central RB Micah Raby, found as a baby in a box leads team to new heights

Tony Garcia of MLive.com did an incredible story on Brooklyn Columbia Central 2017 RB Micah Raby who broke out as a Junior with over 1,500 rushing yards.  The touching story explains, Micah's parents Doug and Sandy would adopt Micah from an missionary in the country of Haiti.  They found Micah while adopting another child and found him inside of a bible box.  Micah has 3 other siblings, 2 were adopted from Haiti and 1 is his family's great-niece. Again that link can be found here to read.

Micah Raby admits he wasn't shocked being black and his parents being white when they explained to him around 3-4 years old that they adopted him, "I was so young when the whole process went down," Raby.  "I would say the first time they told me I was adopted it was quite evident because my parents are white and since I'm black I knew even as a child that something's different."

When the news broke to him at 3-4 years old that he was just about left to die in a box, Raby was unsure what to believe, "I guess I was just confused. Like being young when I was first told this I didn't understand why they would leave a baby in a box."

Now as a Senior in High School, Raby reflected on it, "It's crazy to think, but I'm grateful because if that wouldn't of happened then I wouldn't be here today."

For his parents decision to adopt him, Micah will have an endless amount of love and thankfulness to his parents as he described, "I love my parents so much like a lot of it is just how appreciative I am of what they did for me," said Raby.  "My neighbors and church supported my parents through all of it."

Brooklyn is a small and quiet little town about 15-20 minutes southeast of Jackson.  Columbia Central is the high school that Raby attends.  Since opening in 1967 the Golden Eagles have had little success as the program has a 49.3% winning percentage entering the final week of the 2016 regular season and reached the playoffs just 4 total times since the MHSAA started hosting playoffs in 1975 with last year being the 4th time.  Raby and his Golden Eagles teammates will make it to the playoffs this year, it's the first consecutive year of Columbia Central reaching the playoffs and that makes Raby excited for his community," We are very excited but we don't want to be complacent we would also love to win our first playoff game, but our focus right now is beating Hillsdale and giving us a chance to play at home."

Micah Raby is 5'10" 170 lbs and has a lot coveted skills for a RB which are apparent from watching film such as he possesses; vision, patience, and burst of speed.  Raby summed up himself as a player, "My abilities are; being fast, hitting the hole hard, and fighting for the extra yard.   Our o line makes my job so much easier with the holes they create."

Since 1968, Brooklyn Columbia Central and Napoleon which are neighboring communities and their downtowns are just 4 miles apart, have played for the Little Brown Jug.  The Jug can be won or loss when the teams meet and since 1988 the teams have only played one another in week 1 or 9.  So the trophy has a lasting impact throughout an entire off-season.  Since 2006 the Jug has only been in Napoleon's possession for 1 year, 2014.  This will be the first year since 2005 that Napoleon is playoff bound, so there is obviously more fire involved in this years, Columbia Central 34-14 victory.  The teams have a little chance of meeting in the Division 6 playoffs as Columbia Central is on the fence of either being D5 or D6. Raby provided his thoughts on defeating Napoleon, "That was a huge win for us having Napoleon for our first game brings a lot of excitement and nerves with them being our rivals and all, so playing them for the final time and winning was huge."

A lot of people dream of playing in a bigger school district, but for Raby he is more than happy representing Brooklyn Columbia Central, "I love playing for a small town school because a lot of the town knows you and comes to the game and it builds a strong relationship with the community."

Raby really would love the chance to play football on the next level and is coming off a good visit at Grand Valley State.  Raby will visit Wayne State this weekend and is looking to get on more campuses as he described his recruiting process, "I am in the process of visiting colleges right and getting on campus."

Raby knows his purpose is unlike any other, chances are you won't be able to find many people who were abandoned the way Micah was and to be adopted by a loving family.  "I feel God didn't just bring me out of Haiti to be a failure," said Raby when asked if he feels he has a special purpose.  "God has given me special talents and abilities that I need to utilize."

As for what factors Raby is looking for in a future college he said, "having a great program in what I want to study (Nursing) and very nice dorms."

It's only fitting that Raby hopes to help others in a medical field!


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