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Palmer making a name in track

Former football prospect chasing 4-minute mile as a professional runner

Updated: July 16, 2014, 2:30 PM ET
By Christopher Chavez | ESPN.com

When running for Absegami High School in Galloway Township, New Jersey, Ford Palmer could look into the stands and see his grandfather, Frank, watching him.

When Ford moved on to Monmouth University, low mileage and constant racing led to a slow start -- sixth in the men's 800-meter championship at the 2011 Northeast Conference Championship -- and his grandfather was disappointed.

"He flat out-said 'I'm not going to come to your track meets if you're going to do this poorly.'" Palmer ...

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