My path to the pros

All-Pro fullback Le'Ron McClain recalls the days before he got paid to play

Originally Published: July 2, 2013
By Stacey Pressman | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

My mom says I would stand in front of the TV and watch football all the time growing up. So when I was 6, she signed me up for flag football at the Fort Wayne, Ind., Boys & Girls Club. I also played baseball and basketball.

I was on the Redskins in my youth football league, and one game we were playing against the Raiders, who we could never beat. But I had four sacks and ran a fumble back for a touchdown. I was probably 7 or 8 years old; it was one of ...

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