Forges a Path for His Family?
Delon Pettiford '17
Going to college had never crossed Delon Pettiford’s mind until his sophomore year of high school – and that was only after the realization he might be good enough to play college football. Until then, school had always taken a backseat to sports and his social life. “I ended up getting good enough grades to get into Wabash, but I could’ve done a lot better.” One of the reasons Delon chose Wabash was for its location. It was far enough from his Indianapolis home that he thought he could be his own person here. Yet it was close enough to continue his role as the father figure his younger brothers needed after their parents’ divorce. When Delon wasn’t at home or at one of their sporting events, his brothers would come to campus to hang out with him and his friends and teammates. Delon took pride mentoring his younger brothers – and even their friends. For some of them, he was the only person they knew who had made it into college and succeeded both athletically and academically. “I’m the first person in my family to go to college, and then to make it to Wabash was pretty cool. I did this for myself, but I also set the bar for them by showing them you can go to the next level of your education and graduate. I think they’ll do a lot more than I’ve done. I’ve just shown them the path to take.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.