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My path to the pros

Bengals LB Rey Maualuga recalls the days before he got paid to play

Originally Published: July 2, 2013
By Carmen R. Thompson | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

I mostly grew up in Oahu, Hawaii, in a town called Waipahu, and my dad would always try to get my brother and me to just go to school, come home and read a book. We could never be outside playing with the other kids. Anything I could play had to have something to do with PE or recess, so I didn't actually start playing football until sixth grade, when I was 11. Growing up, I was always one of the tallest kids, and so when football came around, I played linebacker. ...

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