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The Raider with the big heart

It's another losing season in Oakland, but the franchise can be proud of Nnamdi Asomugha. Story

Updated: October 17, 2008, 6:40 PM ET
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN The Magazine

OAKLAND, Calif. -- She could tell by his fifth birthday. That's when Nnamdi Asomugha's mother, Lilian, says she knew her son was special. But she's not talking about his status as one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Lilian is referring to her son's work off the field.

"I remember several occasions where, after his birthday or Christmas, we had to reprimand him for giving his toys away to kids in the neighborhood," Lilian says. "He was only 5 or so but he said, 'Mom, they didn't ...

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