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Signing with Tuskegee a ‘blessing’ for Clay’s Battle

By Gary Lloyd

CLAY — Sidney Battle has battled back and signed his national letter of intent.

The Clay-Chalkville running back signed with Tuskegee University today at a ceremony at the high school.

Sidney Battle
photo by Gary Lloyd

Battle said that after suffering a scary injury against Gadsden City in 2012, he didn’t know if he wanted to pursue football anymore, fearing he could be severely injured. But he battled back.

“After all I’ve been through, I feel blessed,” Battle said.

Battle said he likes to history of Tuskegee University.

“They’re going to get a hard-working player, they’re not going to get a slacker,” he said.

Battle said he may study engineering in college.

As a senior, Battle rushed 108 times for 750 yards and 14 touchdowns. He caught 19 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown. He thought he wasn’t going to have the opportunity to play college football. He chose Tuskegee over Delta State.

“It’s a blessing,” he said.

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