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Jeff Schultz: Falcons defense should benefit from Poe's long journey to NFL

There is a story associated with Dontari Poe's upbringing that is more Hollywood schtick than fact. It goes that this big kid from a tough upbringing in an open sore of a neighborhood in Memphis was walking down the hallway one day, carrying his snare drum from the high school marching band, when the football coach spotted him and with flames in his eyes and said, "You're playing football!" And the rest was "Blindside" history.

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Buhach Colony's Paytin Mercado

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