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Pulliam to continue football career at Averett University

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Bluestone’s Maleek Pulliam, center, signs his letter of intent to attend Averett University in Danville. With Pulliam is his brother Tyreek, and his mother, Mary. (Mike Moseley photo) / March 29, 2017
Bluestone student-athlete Maleek Pulliam has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Averett University upon graduation this spring and play football for the Cougars.

Maleek, from Chase City, is the son of Derrick and Mary Pulliam.

Pulliam has been a standout defensive lineman for Bluestone for the past four seasons. In his senior season, Pulliam helped advance the Barons to their first postseason playoff game in school history.

Pulliam said after all the hard work he’s put into his studies and sports, being able to sign with Averett felt good.

“This is a very special day for me. A lot of people depending on me to go perform and play to the best of my abilities. I’m happy to be able to continue to play football again,” he said.

As for his senior year of football, Pulliam said it meant “success.”

“It meant a lot to me,” Pulliam said referring to making the playoffs this year. “We’d been saying since the summertime we wanted to go to the playoffs. We always dreamed of making the playoffs.

“I’m happy and feel blessed we could finally make that dream come true.”

And for other aspiring student-athletes, Pulliam said to keep working towards your dream.

“Never give up your dream,” Pulliam said. “If you have a dream keep working hard at it and never quit.”

Blueston coach, Jesse Chropka, said he is very proud of him and knows he will strive to do his best at Averett as a student and athlete.

“To see any young athlete sign to a college not just to play sports but to go and better themselves and get an education, it’s beyond words,” Chropka said. “You really can’t say enough about it. Maleek is going to go to college and do great academically and athletically.”

Pulliam won’t be without family at Averett, either, as his sister Essence Pulliam plays softball for the Cougars.

Averett is a Division III university and participates in the USA South Conference in sports.

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