Taylor: Signings change lives beyond football

February, 1, 2012
For Dallas Lincoln High School football players Tabari McGaskey, Jhaylind Owens and Marvin Knox, signing a national letter of intent Wednesday wasn't just about getting a free education.

It represented hope for a better life. Hope for their families. Hope for their children who haven't been born yet.

Their hope for a better future has zero to do with any dreams of playing professional football.

If it happens, then so be it.

But they're not going to college hoping to become professional athletes. They're attending college so they can learn to be successful men.

That's so much more important.

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Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.



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