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Bemidji Axemen all-purpose offensive threat DeMario Pippen, center, led the team in all-purpose yards prior to Friday’s game in Wyoming. Pippen’s ultimate goal is to play well enough to advance to the next professional level so he could move his family to a safer environment. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer File Photo

More than football games: Axemen’s Pippen has overcome loss of brother in hopes of putting family in a better place

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BEMIDJI — Bemidji Axemen running back DeMario Pippen is playing in the Indoor Football League for more than just himself.

The 25-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Ala., lost his brother Antonio in a shooting in 2009 and is determined to provide a better environment for his family.

He sees football as an opportunity to move his family out of the area and to a better place.

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