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June 20, 2008

Football's loss was gospel music's gain

After graduating from Tarboro High School, Timothy Jevon McGuire left Edgecombe County to pursue his dreams of playing in the National Football League � the sport that he religiously admired.

The former Tarboro Viking running back signed to play football at Winston-Salem State University and at that time it was the biggest decision of his life.

Four years later, McGuire, 27, dream a different dream and it didn't involved the sport that he loved so dearly. After facing obstacles on the college gridiron and life trails and tribulations McGuire dreamt of becoming a music producer, music writer, rapper and a singer.

The Tarboro native found his second dream is much more durable than his first and he has turned it into a reality.

Under the name of Novej, McGuire recently wrote, produced, rapped and recorded his first gospel compact disc, "Everyday Like Sunday."

The 2006 Winston-Salem State University graduate also designed the cover for the CD. His stage name is his middle name spelled backward.

"When I went to college, I had my mind set on becoming a professional football player," McGuire said. "After I was redshirted my freshman year because of my grades I became discouraged. I lost my motivation to play football and I decided to pursue a music career."

McGuire began singing and writing secular music. Things got off to a good start and several producers wanted to sign the gifted rapper to their labels. McGuire said he and the producers could not come to terms, and he became depressed. Through the depression he fell on hard times and sold his music studio equipment.

"I was at my lowest," he said. "I didn't have anywhere to live so I moved in with my sister. All of my friends were still pursing their football careers and I wasn't doing anything. I was miserable. I didn't know what to do."

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