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A Family Tradition on the Carolina Playing Field

"The fact that I get to wear the Carolina jersey every night gives me chills."

"The fact that I get to wear the Carolina jersey every night gives me chills."

“I grew up in this state, and I grew up around Carolina. The fact that I get to wear the Carolina jersey every night gives me chills.”

Like many other kids his age growing up in North Carolina, Luke Maye pretended to be a great Tar Heel quarterback when he threw the football around the yard. But unlike the others, Maye emulated his father, Mark, a UNC quarterback for Dick Crum in the 1980s.

“I wanted to throw the football like he threw it,” Luke says. “My granddad tells me a little about it, and I’ve seen [my dad] a couple of times on ESPN Classic.”

Many naturally assumed Luke would arrive at Carolina on a football scholarship.

But long before he hit a jumper against Kentucky to send the Tar Heels to a Final Four, Luke always seemed to prefer the hardwood and pictured something different than the gridiron.

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This is story number 121 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.

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