By Todd Quinones
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Of all the thousands of fans who have seen star La Salle guard Ramon Galloway play, his father is not one of them.
“No sight at all. 100 percent visually impaired,” Ramon’s dad, Gerald Galloway, said.
He went blind after being shot in the head nearly 20 years ago.
Ramon was just about 2 years old, and it served as a lifelong lesson of just how violent Philadelphia’s streets can be.
“I haven’t seen him since he was a little boy so it’s hard for me to envision how he looks as a man,” Galloway said.
Even though he’s completely blind, Ramon’s dad comes to his games always accompanied by a family member or friend who deliver the play by play.
“I tap my dad to let him know my brother got the ball,” Gerald Galloway Jr. said.
Ramon grew up here in Germantown where boarded up homes is a common sight.
His close friend Khaliph Bundy on the left, his family says was murdered just 2 years ago a few blocks away.
Ramon’s home it seems is never far from his thoughts.
He wears the number 55 because that’s the number to his home address where his proud mom lives along with his grandfather, who is in need of a liver transplant.
“People didn’t think La Salle was going to make it this far, and now they have proved a lot of people wrong,” his mom Karen Davis said.
“Words can’t express how proud I am of him,” his grandfather Carlus Moore said.
Ramon has earned a lot of trophies throughout his basketball playing days, but his dad says he will be the most proud of his son this spring, when he gets his degree from La Salle.