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The Sugar Bowl isn't Strait's ultimate goal

Originally Published: January 3, 2004
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Watch Derrick Strait long enough and you'll see a smile. On the football field, you'll see the innate ability to close gaps, the physical tenacity to hit hard and the mental capacity to always be one step ahead.

What you don't see is the pain.

What you don't see is the hurt of watching your mom cry because she can't pay the electric bill. What you don't see is the childhood struggles of a kid who grew up on welfare; a kid who's family had to sleep in a U-Haul after ...

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