TSN documents the emergence of Redblacks DB Sherrod Baltimore from The Struggle
Sherrod Baltimore has talked about coming from The Struggle.
A defensive back with the Ottawa Redblacks, Baltimore emerged from the darkness and despair of the Washington, D.C. area he grew up in – with drugs, guns and gangs everywhere. At age 12, Baltimore lost two teeth when he was pistol whipped and robbed.
With his mother Sharisse on welfare, the family moved 12 times maybe more – they were poor. As Baltimore told Postmedia last year: “I came from nothing. It was tough, man. I lived with my grandma, my mom, my little sister. I was maybe seven or eight years old, one day we only had one can of soup for all of us. There was nothing in the refrigerator, it was empty. There was nothing in the cabinets except for plates, forks and knives. I opened that can of soup, I didn’t really like it and I threw it away. My mom was cursing me out, ‘We ain’t got nothing, that’s all we got to eat.’ ”
Last week, with the Redblacks on a bye, TSN travelled home with Baltimore and will document where he came from and what he’s done with his life – he’s an example that even those from The Struggle can find light if they navigate the right path.
“I took (TSN) to my old neighbourhoods, my high school, my mom’s house,” said Baltimore. “My family was excited. Everybody said they wanted to be on TV, they wanted to be famous – they were like, ‘That was great.’
“(The TV feature) will be about how I made it to professional football, to the CFL, from The Struggle. I told them that you have to stay focused, I put good people around me. Even the people who were in the streets, they always made sure I wasn’t in the streets – ‘You don’t need to be in the poor, you need to be in the gym.’ I’m excited about this, the world’s going to know about me now.”