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Michigan’s Jabrill Pepper’s lays low off the field, just wants to play football

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Jabrill Peppers is Michigan’s most famous football player. From his versatility to his uncommon athleticism, he’s a magnet for fans.

Yet on U-M’s campus, the Heisman Trophy candidate tries to stay out of the spotlight.

“I try to lay low, I just want play football,” he said Tuesday. “All these cameras and stuff … I’m in class, I’m in my house. I don’t wear anything football-related, I try to keep a hat on, headphones on, do what I’ve got to do, stay grounded. Don’t get too low, don’t get too high.”

Peppers’ life has given him perspective.

“In high school, I kind of embraced all of it, because it was new to me,” he said. “Now I just want to play ball. People constantly at me on Twitter, saying stuff they would never say in my presence. It’s just crazy to me that all this stems from me doing what I love. I don’t understand it.

“But like my brother always told me: To whom much is given, much is expected. So it’s a double-edged sword, and it’s my responsibility to handle it the right way.”

His brother Don was the first one to tell Peppers that he could be a star — well before anyone envisioned him in the Heisman Trophy conversation or the NFL, where he’s expected to be a first-round pick as soon as spring.

via Detroit Free Press

Read the full article here: Wolverines’ Jabrill Peppers lays low: Fame is ‘double-edged sword’

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