Bringing down the house

Rumeal Robinson was clutch in Michigan's 1989 title game win -- but he's choked his life away since

Updated: August 13, 2012, 8:12 PM ET
By Eli Saslow | ESPN The Magazine

HELEN FORD DRIVES to the house from memory, parks along the curb and idles in her car. This three-story duplex in Cambridge, Mass., had been her home for 40 years, but now she wonders whether she has the courage to enter. She turns on the radio and takes out a crossword puzzle. "I don't know if I'm ready to do this," she says.

It has been more than two years since she was last here -- two years since her famous son betrayed her and the foreclosure specialists arrived ...

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