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My path to the pros

Titans safety Bernard Pollard recalls the days before he got paid to play

Updated: June 28, 2013, 11:41 AM ET
By LaRue Cook | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

My mom put me in ballet and gymnastics with two of my sisters when I was about 5, and I stayed in those until I was about 8. She was a cheerleader and ran track, so she made sure we participated in sports. She also put me in karate, which I did until about 9 or 10. I think I got my blue belt. All those were good for me -- karate and ballet for the focus and gymnastics for the flexibility. I'm still one of the few guys in the locker room who can drop down and do a split.

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