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Kellen Winslow
Kellen Winslow, the longtime San Diego Charger now in the Pro Football Hall-of-Famer, revolutionized the tight end position in the 1980s with his pass catching abilites.

He went on to become a lawyer, sports agent, corporate executive, commissioner of the Indoor Football League, television analyst and advocate for minority hiring in the NFL. He is now director of planning for Disney Sports Attractions in Orlando, where he brings new youth and other events to the company's Wide World of Sports complex and related venues.

Winslow also raised a son, Kellen Jr., who came up through the current youth sports system. A tight end, too, he is now part of that next generation of elite athlete-entertainers; as a rookie last year with the Cleveland Browns after a stellar run with the Miami Hurricanes. His exposure to the game was surely much different than that of his father, who did not play football until his senior year of high school.

Could today's kids wait as long as Kellen Sr. did to take up -- and succeed -- at a given game? How much early sport specialization is necessary these days? How important is it to find the right sport for a kid? And what's the role of good genes in the making of a champion?

Put these questions, and any others on the series topic, to Kellen Winslow Sr. on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.


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