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Randomly overcoming greatness

Updated: August 28, 2008, 9:57 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman

On the eve of the season opener, we present to you the coolest offseason nugget of the year. It's about one-time Penn State wideout-turned-DB Mark Rubin, who according to Cory Giger has quite the claim to fame: He actually beat the amazing Michael Phelps in a bunch of swim meets:

Rubin, a senior from Amherst, N.Y., was an elite youth swimmer and eight-time All-American in the water. He raced Phelps between the ages of 12 and 14. ''He was from Baltimore…and swimming sort of ...

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