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With Heavy Heart, Smith Taking the Long Road

Brandon Smith had a dismal career as a receiver at Arizona State due to a litany of injuries. Refusing to give up on his NFL dream, Smith spent last year making the move to cornerback. Shortly before going to Green Bay as a tryout player at the rookie camp, Smith's mom died.

Football is a cold-hearted, bottom-line business. That doesn't mean you can't have a soft spot for someone like Green Bay Packers cornerback Brandon Smith. From 2007 through 2009, he played in just one game as a wide receiver at Arizona State due to an assortment of injuries. As a senior in 2010, he caught just one pass. Fast forward to May 2013. There was Smith, wearing No. 5 and lining up at...

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