Michael Beamon Jr. relying on effort and heart to thrive with the Blast
Michael Beamon Jr. Bio:
Hometown: Cleveland, MS
Education: Cleveland High School/ Bayou Academy
Introducing the Memphis Blast: Michael Beamon Jr.
Contrary to contrary belief, not every football player is born to play. Though some players are talented and seem to be born with natural ability, it takes a lot of hard work, effort, and most importantly heart, to become the best.
Blast’ wide receiver, Michael Beamon Jr., learned that early in his career and it has been a lesson that has stuck with him since then.
“I started playing football in middle school,” Beamon said. “A friend actually told me to come to tryouts and I decided to come. I saw that when I got there that came it never was about who was skilled it, was about who had heart.”
Beamon showed early that he had that heart, even though football had not been a typical commodity among his family.
“Football wasn’t the inherited sport in my family,” Beamon said. “But I ended up loving the game and started applying myself. I started to hear good feedback from people around me and it inspired me to take my game to the next level.”
While at Cleveland High School and Bayou Academy, Beamon helped lead his teams to the playoffs in both his junior and senior years.
Following graduation, he had the opportunity to play at Coahoma Community College but left after his first semester to start working to help provide for his family.
Still, Beamon had that itch to play and after getting in touch with Memphis Blast owner, Charles Thompson, he earned a spot on the team.
While he admits that he wanted to play, it was really his family that pushed him to return to the game he loved in his youth.
“My biggest influence right now is my daughter Mila,” Beamon said. “She gave me the push to give the game a shot again. My dad has also continued to motivate me and show me that it is never too late to still chase what I love to do.”
Now that he is back on the field, he has placed high expectations for himself for the team as they prepared for the 2021 GDFL season.
“For myself, I expect to perform well enough to be selected to the GDFL All-Pro game,” Beamon said. “I want to represent my team well. As for my team, I want us to take things step by step to build not just a team, but a brotherhood.”