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Tomlinson and football a perfect fit

Updated: December 3, 2013, 3:15 PM ET
By Matt Fortuna | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- The project arrived at Richard Rio's doorstep eight years ago, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound raw package of smarts, skill and savvy. Laken Tomlinson looked as if he was on his way to college before he even made it to high school. Yet he still had trouble putting his pads on the right way; while he was big, he wasn't strong; and he had little understanding of the commitment required to play American football.

His mother had brought him to Lane Tech, a prestigious public ...

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