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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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Why are fewer kids playing high school football?

In Illinois, participation in football has fallen nearly 15 percent during the past 10 years — from 51,334 players in 2007 to 42,682 by the end of last year. Belleville East football coach Kris Stephens talks here about his experience with declining participation.
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Why are fewer kids playing high school football? 2:50

Why are fewer kids playing high school football?

Football returns to Madison High School for first time since 1988 2:25

Football returns to Madison High School for first time since 1988

Former Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee reflects on '87 team 3:28

Former Cardinals outfielder Willie McGee reflects on '87 team

Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith talks '87 team 3:16

Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith talks '87 team