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Maresh's heart is clearly in the game

Originally Published: April 8, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- For Sam Maresh, life decisions and football decisions blend together. Everything always traces back to the game.

Maresh epitomizes the eat-sleep-breathe cliché. He's described by those who know him best as born to play football. And given what he's been through to play linebacker at Minnesota, it's hard to argue with them.

Faced with the daunting reality of open heart surgery in June 2008, Maresh made a choice with football very much in mind. When doctors discovered ...

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