Fire Shifts Prayer Focus for Glenn

By Frenette, Gene | The Florida Times Union, July 4, 1998 | Go to article overview

Fire Shifts Prayer Focus for Glenn


Frenette, Gene, The Florida Times Union


When Lamarr Glenn lost the Florida State starting fullback

job to Khalid Abdullah for most of the 1997 season, he

knew there was one source of comfort he could count on to deal

with his frustration and worry.

"It really messed with me, so I just kept on praying," said

Glenn. "I pray three times a day. I'm praying when nobody knows

I'm praying."

Glenn's prayer focus has taken a dramatic shift this week. Away

from football, where he has regained the starting job after

Abdullah's career-ending neck injury last December, and toward a

personal battle being fought back home.

Home is a two-bedroom wooden house on 39 White St. in Ormond

Beach, where his mother, Cynthia Davenport, and older brother

Billy -- a backup tight end on FSU's 1993 national championship

team -- wait anxiously while an inferno swirls around them from

nearly every direction.

All Glenn can do is pray from afar. He's in summer school and

there are too many navigational hazards to bother trying to get

back home.

What really mattered a few months ago was holding off

Jacksonville's William McCray from taking his fullback job. All

he wants now is for his mother and brother to hold on to the

roof over their head.

"I'm glad football season isn't going on right now because my

mind probably wouldn't be on practice," Glenn said.

"I hope the fire doesn't get too close to Mom because it's not

like I'm in the NFL making a million dollars. I can't just build

her another one."

The house where Davenport, 45, has lived most of her life, the

house her late father rebuilt in 1975, is on the endangered

species list at the moment. While many Ormond Beach residents

evacuated Wednesday when the fires ravaging Northeast Florida

zeroed in on their town, Davenport clings to the hope that her

place will be spared. …

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