Football's the easy part for Basped

Poverty, gang warfare and his brother's murder couldn't stop Jets' rookie LB

Originally Published: June 10, 2010
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

A crowd of mourners gathered in the lobby of Thompson Funeral Home, none willing to be the first to enter the viewing room. The group was paralyzed by shock and sadness. Or maybe it was dread, the thought of seeing a 21-year-old man, shot in the face by a street gang, laid out in an open casket.

So they waited ... until the deceased's younger brother, a child in a roomful of adults, opened the door and started a one-person funeral procession.

"Imagine being just 14, walking down a ...

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