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Playing through a mom's death

For Florida All-America defensive back Reggie Nelson, the national title game won't be easy -- he has to overcome the recent death of his mother.

Updated: January 9, 2007, 1:29 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | Page 2

The dreads are dripping from under Reggie Nelson's orange helmet. Sweat. And something more. Maybe part of his soul.

If you saw some of the images of him from Florida's practice last week, you'd notice that his mesh No. 1 jersey is always rolled up above his waist, and there's a yellow "Livestrong" Armstrong band orbiting his left wrist.

Both take on different meaning now.

He's been shadowing, covering the teammates who have who have become his "familia" over this last ...

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