As a coach, often times you meet kids that play football and then there comes a time when a player embodies the game. The latter tag applies to Malik Mazion; this young man is football! He’s one of the top talents in the Tampa Bay area and his passion for the game is obvious. During the first week of Tampa’s [Extreme ] spring football league, I watched Malik dash on a short run up the middle and after taking a tough hit, he got up clapping his hands yelling, “let’s go!”. The youth football fan base in Tampa and I were treated to a great display of youth football at its best. Anytime Malik was on the field, die-hard fans lined up along the gate as not to miss anything. I met Malik and his mom Cee Cee a few years ago at a conditioning session, preparing for the fall football season with the Tampa Ravens. From day one, Malik was ready to work. As time went on, I’d always see Malik and Cee Cee at camps and sporting events. Malik is also a part of the 7th grade FBU Tampa team and recently, mother and son were spotted on the scene once again at the Big County Preps Flight 150. That’s when I said, “These two are serious about this football thing.” This duo is on the youth football scene more than I am, so I had to contact them and asked them about their motivation and get their testimony.
Here is the motivation
Cee Cee made a promise to her only child, “if you work hard and don’t give up, I’ll support you with everything in me!”
Here is the testimony
Malik Mazion was born October 31, 2002 to a young mother, still in high school yet working and doing things on her own, knew she would have a cross to bear. In 2004 on a return trip to Tampa from a family visit, the SUV carrying Malik and his mother flipped five times. Malik was sleep in his mother’s arms. The scene was like something out of a movie. Malik, the youngest life in the SUV, was ejected through the front windshield first followed by his mother. They were airlifted to two separate hospitals, one to Tampa General and the other to St. Josephs Children.
Malik, which means “King” had severe injuries including facial trauma and a large piece of the windshield lodged into his skull. His faced was also ripped from above his eye down to his cheek bone. Cee Cee suffered severe injuries including a tendon rupture in her left hand. But they lived to tell the story.
The question is, do you believe in miracles? I do! I get to see Malik and Cee Cee all the time- Cee Cee, smiling and Cheering for her king, and “King” Mazion, terrorizing defenses as a running back for the Tampa Bay Jaguars. Life is good for Malik, he is young man of tremendous faith and favors colleges like TCU and Oregon. He stays on top of his grades as well ensuring that college is in his future. Mazion admires his Jags Head coach Chancey Scott stating, “Coach “Chang” challenges me and my teammates to be better daily, that’s what I like most about him”
Written by : Capree Holmes
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