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I have been a sports lover for as long as I can remember. As a young kid, I played soccer, baseball and basketball. When I was three years old, my dad started taking me to the Philadelphia Eagles home games, and I fell in love with the competitiveness of football.

Wrapped up as I was in other sports, I started playing football only in the seventh grade, when I decided to join my middle school team. Over the years I began to see football as an opportunity for a college scholarship. I made it onto my high school football team as a kicker, and I used the sport as my ticket to Temple University, where I majored in biology.

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