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Grove moves closer to lifelong goal

Updated: April 8, 2009, 11:53 AM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

At the age of 9, Jeremy Grove found a friend and a hero. Two years later that friend was gone, but the memory lives on and drives Grove to fulfill a promise to himself.

When Grove was 9, Billy Gaines played receiver for Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Md. His team was coming off a state championship, and Gaines was the Hawks' MVP. Grove was the MVP of his youth team.

"I already knew him a little bit, but I wrote him a letter and he wrote me back two days later. That ...

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