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Dark Knight Film Features Former Mountaineer

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Pictured in his WVU No. 21, Jalloh will sport 84 as a Rogue. Pictured in his WVU No. 21, Jalloh will sport 84 as a Rogue.
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Former West Virginia football player Dorrell Jalloh will make his debut with the Gotham Rogues Thursday when the team takes on the Rapid City Monuments at midnight.

The Mountaineer, who graduated following the 2008 season, is suiting up on a strong special teams unit that features one of the most explosive returners in the league.

Hines Ward, who recently retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers, is also playing his first game with the Rogues, hoping to create some excitement for the team right from the opening kickoff.

Then the bad guy will blow up the field and Batman will have to save the day.

What wasn't mentioned above is that all this is a work of fiction. Jalloh landed a role as an extra in The Dark Knight Rises, the latest installment in Christopher Nolan's series of Batman films.

The scene, which was filmed last August, takes place at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, where the Rogues and Monuments are just getting set to play a football game when the field begins to fall into the earth all around Ward, who avoids the destruction.

Jalloh is one of Ward's blockers, a job that brought the former Mountaineer some fun on a hot summer afternoon.

"I don't want to give too much of the movie away, but it was a huge ordeal and I was a part of it," Jalloh says. "I got a chance to be with a couple Steelers players, a great director and it was just awesome. I really was blessed to be a part of it."

Jalloh may not want to give anything away, but the trailers have told most of the story if some of those who made up the spectators in the scene hadn't already leaked it to YouTube. The author of this post was one of those spectators, but his lips are sealed.

Now a school administrator at Urban Pathways in Pittsburgh, Jalloh has dabbled in many different fields of interest since his days at WVU came to an end, including acting and modeling.

This opportunity, which came to him through his modeling agency, landed Jalloh in a bright yellow Gotham uniform. If you happen to see the film and a player wearing No. 84 flashes across the screen, or blows up, you will know it is the former Mountaineer.

And he was representing his alma mater the entire time, with a number of Pittsburgh Panthers alumni in the locker room, too.

"I said, ‘Let's Go Mountaineers,'" says Jalloh. "I said you're only as good as your last game and we had just beaten Pitt in the Backyard Brawl, so I felt like I had the bragging rights. It was definitely good to represent your team. We have championship rings here, we have a great coaching staff, great players and most of all, we have the best fans."

Jalloh's No. 1 fan is the person he hopes will enjoy his brief on screen appearance most.

"I think I'm more excited to have my mom see it," he says. "I've been talking to her and now she can just go to the movie theater and actually see a part in an epic movie. I know it's just one part, my six seconds, but hey, I feel like it'll definitely make a difference for my mom to see her son on a motion picture like that."

A self-proclaimed X-Men fan who calls Wolverine his "No. 1 guy," Jalloh will now share a connection with the DC Comics universe that outweighs any affection he may have for Marvel.

His statistics in this new endeavor will include a few well-placed blocks for a touchdown return just before suffering a fiery end.

Sounds like a successful career.

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