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Hard Knocks: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV799
Producer:  CTV
Subject:  Biography, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Health, Social Issues, Sociology, Sports
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2019
Running Time:  10:30

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The Ottawa Redblacks' Sherrod Baltimore shares his story of overcoming adversity and violence to live out his dream in the CFL.

Violence was a daily occurrence in the neighbourhoods where Baltimore grew up. He was robbed at gunpoint when he was 12 and his cousin was murdered in what was believed to be a targeted shooting. Our TSN/W5 crew interviewed Baltimore’s former high school football and basketball coaches. They also identified Baltimore as a special player. High school football coach Ray Farmer shared that Baltimore was so well liked that rival gangs from the Washington, D.C., area would call a truce and come to watch Baltimore play high school football.

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