August 21, 2015 therebelsociety

How Marvin Gaye’s NFL Tryout Changed His Career | Written by Justin Tinsley (@JustinTinsley)

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A very good article from the homie, Justin Tinsley, whom I’ve known for the past couple of years and have actually had a chance of interviewing before. This gives everybody a nice nostalgic journey in the 70s.

Lem Barney had just finished a round of golf at Detroit’s Palmer Park Golf Course in the summer of 1968. Palmer, one of four prominent courses in the area, attracted many of the city’s black celebrities, including Joe Louis, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations.

Barney had heard Marvin Gaye, one of his favorite artists, lived nearby. With time to kill before heading back to training camp for afternoon practice, he figured why not? Gaye sang the score to Barney’s high school and college years at Jackson State University. The second-year defensive back introduced himself to Palmer’s clubhouse employees, who quickly obliged with his request for Gaye’s address.

Barney easily found Marvin’s house, less than a mile-and-a-half from the course. When the legendary Motown crooner and avid sports fan opened the door, he instantly recognized Barney, inviting him in for breakfast.

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