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Hoop dreams to gridiron greatness

It looked like hoops were in OT Edinburgh's future, but his switch to football is working

Originally Published: May 26, 2011
By Jamie Newberg | ESPN Recruiting

NEW ORLEANS -- One of the best offensive tackles in Louisiana, Derek Edinburgh, almost never ended up playing football. In fact, at one time he was protecting the paint rather than protecting his quarterback.

"I was a basketball player," Edinburgh said, who averaged 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds this past season. "I wanted to be the next Shaq [O'Neal]. I have played my whole life and it's what I wanted to do. Then I came out for football and loved it. I now love the game of football, and ...

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