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Garcia spices up his journey to the NFL

Updated: February 6, 2009, 12:58 PM ET
By Harold Abend | Special to ESPNRISE.com

Jeff Garcia's hometown of Gilroy, Calif., located 35 miles south of San Jose, is the garlic capital of the world and hosts the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Like the town, Garcia's rise to veteran NFL starting quarterback at Tampa Bay has a flavor of its own for this unknown prep to pro story.

His roots in football go back many generations. His maternal grandfather, Maurice "Red" Elder, was an All-American fullback for Kansas State in 1934.

After a short pro career that ...

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