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RB turns persistence into 1,000-yard seasons

Reuben Droughns waited a long time for his golden opportunity, but he seized the moment and has managed to stay in the starting lineup.

Updated: December 21, 2005, 12:18 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Tough and tenacious, powerful and punishing, Reuben Droughns was precisely the kind of player Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel wanted at tailback in his debut season.

A six-year NFL veteran who knows something about perseverance, Droughns exemplifies the work ethic Crennel demands of his players. And as much as any of the 27 other players on ESPN.com's 2005 "The Unheralded" team, and probably more than most, Droughns exemplifies what the squad is supposed to represent.

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