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Jennifer’s brother Damon Bame passed away today – June 26, 2020.
It only seems fitting that Damon Bame played for the Glendale High Football Team nicknamed the Dynamiters. Damon went on to play as a linebacker for USC. Throughout the history of USC football, there have been many linebackers whose exploits were nothing short of magnificent. Dame Bame was one of those linebackers that hammered his way to illustrious heights, while patrolling the defense waiting inflect punishment on opposing ballcarriers. At 5’ 11”, 192 pounds, Damon might not have appeared to match up physically with all All-American linebackers that have added to USC’s legacy, however, one would be hard pressed to find amongst them a linebacker that hit harder.
A native of Oklahoma, Damon moved to California and attended Glendale High School, the home of the red and black clad Dynamiters. Glendale’s colors might have been red and black, but over the course of a game, the opposition left the field black and blue after coming in contact with Damon. For his efforts on the prep level, he was honored with selection onto the All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) team.
Damon remained in the area of his high school by attending Glendale Junior College. As a member of the Vaqueros, under the coaching reins of Mike Giddings and Don Bennett, Damon earned Junior College All-American honors in 1960 and 1961. Regarded as one of the greatest defenders to suit for Glendale, he helped the program improve from a dismal 1-8 in 1959 to a combined 16-3 record during his All-American seasons.
His solid reputation earned Damon an opportunity with the USC Trojans starting in 1962. It was a perfect time to join the USC football program, as they were about to embark on a journey to a spotless record that culminated by being 1962 national champions. With Damon as linebacker, the defense shut out three opponents and allowed a mere 55 points overall during the regular season.
From his middle linebacker position, Damon had incredible instincts when it came to seek out the ballcarrier. He would get to wherever the action was, and when he arrived it was deliver a bone-jarring tackle. His two seasons at USC were met with awesome results, as he earned All-Conference and All-American recognition in 1962 and 1963. He was also a two-time winner of the USC Lineman of the Year Award. In addition to his stellar play at linebacker, Damon also served the Trojans as an offensive guard.
It was hard to fathom, but this talented Keg of dynamite wearing #64 for the Trojans went undrafted by the professional ranks. Instead of playing, Damon took his football knowledge and went into a coaching career. Damon’s coaching career included USC, where he worked with freshmean team before becoming the youngest defensive coordinator in the college ranks at age 22 for San Jose State. He also coached on the college level at Long Beach State and New Mexico before getting a chance in the pros with the Hawaiians of the World Football League, a team based in Honolulu in the mid-1970s. He then returned to the high school level in California, serving as head coach at El Segundo High School and assisting at two other schools.
— Except from “The USC Trojans Football Encyclopedia” by Richard J. Shmelter, 2014.
Dame was also an entrepreneur, who developed CueMeUp (a dating web site developed in 1990s before the popularity of the various social networking and compatibility matching web sites which exist today) and SmartRebates ( a cashback web site similar to eBates which gives you a rebate on purchases you make – also developed before such sites became as popular as they are today). In the 1980s, Damon also developed an a system to recover gold and sliver from various industries, providing environmental services to clients, many of whom were Fortune 500 companies.
Later in life, it became apparent that Damon suffered from Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) caused by numerous hits to the head (which generally do not result in a concussion) but nevertheless cause brain injuries by causing blood vessels to leak proteins into adjacent brain tissues. CTE was not recognized as a disease when Damon was playing football and even today the focus is still on preventing concussions and no head injuries. CTE is not reversible or curable at this point in time.
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