12/17/2011 10:47 am ET Updated Feb 16, 2012

Wayne State Football Championship Bid Special For Two Hartland Area Residents - Hartland, MI Patch

Hartland area resident David Lee remembers marching across Wayne State University's campus in his football jersey with his teammates to beg the school's president not to shut down the program.

In the late 1980s, the program had funding problems and wasn't successful on the field, he says, but it had given Lee, who was 5-foot-7 and 135 pounds, a chance to play college football as a wide receiver.

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