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Nick McDonald makes a mother proud

Lineman found a second home after losing his own mother to cancer

Updated: February 4, 2012, 1:26 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- There was a time when Gayle Joseph did not understand football. She grew up in a house full of sisters, had two kids of her own -- daughters, of course -- and did not know an O-line from a hemline. A tiny, 5-foot-tall PR exec who raised her daughters alone, Joseph had no clue who Aaron Rodgers was up until last year. She's embarrassed to say that.

But two weekends ago, in the final seconds of the AFC Championship Game, Joseph was a mess. She paced around the television, ...

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