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Up Close: Marvin Austin, Part I

Up Close: Marvin Austin, Part I

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Believe it or not, when North Carolina signee Marvin Austin entered the seventh grade, he was still trying to decide if he wanted to play football or be in the school band. But his uncle was a local legend of the gridiron, and coaches urged Austin to give sports a try.

Part II Part III Already a sizable youngster, Austin - or ‘Little Slim' as he was comically nicknamed at the time - wasn't sure he could live up to the precedent set by Leonard Johnson, a linebacker who would have likely made a bigger name for himself had he been a better student and received some notoriety in college. "People were like, ‘Your uncle…you're going to be a pretty decent...

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