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Flashback: Dwight Howard

Updated: June 1, 2009, 2:21 PM ET
By Brian Schmitz | ESPN RISE Magazine

A secret admirer recently sent Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard a box of flowers shaded in Magic colors. Of course, Howard has a lot of admirers these days -- most of whom aren't secret. But few people were onto him before us. More than five years ago, he first appeared on our cover and then was one of our Class of 2004 picks for "The Future" (along with Candace Parker and Adrian Peterson -- not that we're bragging).

Back then, Howard was a Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (Atlanta, ...

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