Downey cleared to play in NFL

OL Khiawatha Downey is battling multiple sclerosis -- and the misperception that he's not fit for the NFL.

Updated: April 2, 2004, 3:23 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Once a week for the past three-plus years, typically on a Saturday or Sunday evening, Khiawatha Downey has plopped his oversized frame onto an under-stuffed couch, and ruminated for a few minutes over the ordeal to which he is about to subject his body.

Finally, equal parts anxious and reluctant, the big offensive lineman, who began his college career at the University of Pittsburgh and concluded it last season at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania, moves forward with a much-practiced ...

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