BALTIMORE - For most, things happen in threes. For Fred Dickson, things happen in fours. Stage 4 cancer. 4 quarters of football. And 4 that Fred Dickson is "2 Good 2 Be True."
"I look in the mirror and say what the hell am I doing?" Fred Dickson shoves his Camero under a tree and shoves his torso into a jersey. And when he shoves his head into a helmet? "When I strap my helmet on I feel like I'm 20 years old."
His hands are older than the Magna Carta. He is 53 years old, playing semi-pro football with the Arbutus Big Red.
"You're 53 years old man, its all in your head." Why is Fred out at Arbutus Middle School? "Cause I can't stand cancer, I had a 20 percent chance to live and 80 to say bye bye OK?' Fred said.
So what he is doing is bringing attention that even with cancer life goes on and that includes playing football. He chokes up when he talks about his treatment. In a football game the clock runs out, but for Fred, he doesn't want to hear the final whistle.
He learned from his Scottish grandma how to pray. "You don't pray for yourself, you pray for others."
53 year old Fred Dickson will never be over the hill. He will just tumble down to show he is feeling good. For that, Fred Dickson is "2 Good 2 Be True."
If you think Fred should write a book and make a movie; he is.
Good luck Fred this weekend in South Carolina, trying to break a record for the oldest to play semi-pro on both sides of the ball.
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