Life came full circle for Hallandale coach Dameon Jones and the parents of star linebacker Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane on Wednesday.
Kilby-Lane was honored at his school as a U.S. Army All-American, the first Army All-American in Hallandale’s history while the Chargers are in the midst of their winningest football season to date.
The event was something Jones, Kilby-Lane’s step father Omar Brown and mother Shanette Kilby could not fathom when they were students roaming the halls at Hallandale. Jones and Brown played on the Hallandale football team during their time at the school. Kilby, on the other hand, was pregnant with her son.
“It means a lot to me. It really does,” Kilby said. “I put my dreams on hold so that he could have better and do better. So it means the world to me.”
Kilby had aspirations to study mortuary science in college, but opted to provide for her son instead. Now Kilby-Lane is currently committed to attend and play football at Florida State University if he signs with the Seminoles on National Signing Day in February.
“I’ve been through a lot with Sh’Mar, just keeping focused and staying on track,” Kilby said. “I always known he was something special on the football field.”
Going to Hallandale was in the cards for Kilby-Lane, who has helped Hallandale (9-0) to the school’s first district title and undefeated regular season.
“This honor means everything to me,” Kilby-Lane said. “I feel very excited. I just don’t show it that much. But I feel very excited.”
Kilby-Lane’s jersey presentation and Hallandale’s recent success have been “a beautiful thing to see” for Brown, who used to play quarterback.
“Sh’mar actually thought I was a bench rider until he actually got here and Coach Jones really let him know what I did,” Brown said with a laugh. “Sh’Mar is a great kid. I’ve been with him since he was 7 so just to watch him come from that to here is a moment you really can’t explain.”
Hallandale LB and FSU commit Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane with his sisters A'leeyah Brown, left, and Laila Brown on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/8p58jPrk14— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) November 7, 2014