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Barnum protects on, off field

Lineman working on master's in social work to make difference at home

Updated: October 17, 2012, 7:51 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Why are you here?

The question was posed innocuously enough, and the twenty-odd students sat in the classroom with blank stares on their faces. It was graduate school. They'd all done the first-day-of-school thing at least 15 times by this point, but still, that question seemed difficult to answer.

"When I was growing up we had three or four African-Americans go off to college, and they went off for sports," Ricky Barnum said. "I play sports here. I'm not here for ...

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