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Braxston Cave

By late spring of 2016, Braxston Cave had lived in five cities in three years chasing his National Football League dream, according to an Elkhart Truth report.

His wife, Natalie, was pregnant with their first child and even the couple’s two dogs were getting tired of moving.

It was time for a change.

So Cave, a Penn High School and Notre Dame graduate, made the tough decision to leave football and move back to northern Indiana.

On Tuesday, Cave spoke at Bethel College, where the Northern Indiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes were holding their seventh annual banquet.

“Playing in the NFL was a lifetime dream, so leaving it wasn’t easy,” Cave said. “But moving is OK for a single guy, or maybe a husband and wife. But I had to start thinking about my family and what was best for us for the rest of our lives.”

Cave admits the transition was tough once he got back into the area. He spent most of last summer not knowing what the future held for him, while NFL teams were still calling to see if he might be interested in coming to training camp.

Then he met with Jason Lippert, the CEO of Lippert Components Inc. in Elkhart.

“I knew Jason from Granger Community Church and he really impressed me,” Cave said. “I was fortunate that he offered me a job and I’ve moved up to a general manager’s position. The RV industry is growing so much that I’ve been able to really throw myself into my job, which has really helped take my mind off football.”

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