My path to the pros

Raiders QB Matt Flynn recalls the days before he got paid to play

Updated: July 1, 2013, 10:59 AM ET
By Carmen R. Thompson | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

Baseball was my No. 1 sport growing up; I started in T-ball and worked my way up. I played one year of Pop Warner football in third grade. I was a bit bigger than most of the guys at that time. I probably weighed 90 or 95 pounds, so they moved me up to play with the fourth-graders and I ended up playing left guard on the offensive line. I didn't have a good time playing with fourth-graders every day.

I was really hard on myself, and from an early age. ...

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