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Top Draft Pick English Gives His Mom All the Credit

Today’s San Diego Union Tribune reports that top pick Larry English loves his mom, and gives her most of the credit for his success as the teams top pick:

Larry English is a professional football player, just as expected. He knows the single-mindedness of his focus was in a way foolhardy – “considering the odds,” he said – but it was a plan that was real and unwavering (and along the way he got a college degree, too). “I always saw this as my goal,” he said of playing in the NFL. “I never saw myself doing anything else. I feel fortunate I was right, looking back. It might not have been the most educated plan, but I’m glad I felt that way about it. Having that confidence helped me.”

It’s a plan that took root in a hardscrabble but picture-pretty town of Aurora, Ill., about 40 miles west of Chicago, where a mom had a plan of her own. The mom gives credit to so many – grandparents and teachers and coaches. The son is thankful for that support system as well. But he makes it clear there was a force at the center of his universe. “It was mostly my mom,” English said. “She put us before things she might have wanted.”

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