By Chelsa Messinger
Every athlete must one day face a life without sports.
But for Shaw alum Cam Greathouse, that day came sooner than expected.
"I felt really empty," said Greathouse. "It took a couple days to sink in, the fact that it was over."
Just two years after being drafted in the 8th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, Greathouse was released by the Chicago Cubs.
"At first I was just like, they just released me. No big deal," said Greathouse. "Then a couple days later it hit me. Baseball is pretty much over for me. I have to find a new path in life."
Prior to his stint in professional baseball, Greathouse was a star athlete at Shaw High School. He excelled in not only baseball, but also football. He went 36-7 as the starting quarterback, leading the Raiders to the State Semifinals in 2005, and a State Runner-up finish in 2006.
"I used to pride myself on calling myself little Tebow back in high school. I actually wrote Tebow on the back of my practice jersey," said Greathouse.
When being an athlete is part of your identity for so long, sometimes it's hard to give it up.
"I'm so competitive," said Greathouse. "Like I'll compete with my little brother eating cereal. And after baseball, I was like what do I do now?"
Enter an old an friend with a new idea. Greathouse could use his remaining college eligibility to try his hand at Quarterback for Fort Valley State.
"Back in January, Deron Furr, an old buddy of mine who used to play at Carver, called me and said, we need a quarterback down here.I really didn't think he was serious," said Greathouse.
"But I talked to the coaches, and thought, 'Hey, why not?' Let me give it a try."
Greathouse has spent this summer trying to make the most of his second chance as an athlete. He sticks to a 5-day schedule of throwing and lifting.
"I took pro ball for granted," said Greathouse.
"I had a really good first season so I thought I didn't have to lift, or do any off season stuff. But them [Fort Valley State] giving me a chance at football has really opened my eyes. I can't screw up any more. I have to work out, I have to do the little things," said Greathouse.
Greathouse and Fort Valley State will be coming to Columbus this fall to play in the Fountain City Classic.
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