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Thornton's Clouds Filled with Silver Linings

Defensive lineman Khyri Thornton turned a career filled with hardships into the blessings of the NFL. Thornton, a surprise third-round selection to many analysts — though he was the "underrated" player at the position, according to the NFL's scout — will bring some "juice."

Khyri Thornton has shed his share of blocks on his way to becoming a Green Bay Packer. On the field and off. Rated as the 20th-best defensive tackle in the nation after a standout career at Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., he was set to attend Florida State but didn't qualify for academic reasons. He turned his attention to the University of Southern Florida, but was denied entry despite...

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