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Crossing routes

Originally Published: May 6, 2009
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

HOMEWOOD, Ill. -- Two grown men sitting in a suburban Chili's on a weekday afternoon, talking about the good old days. All that's missing is some Bruce Springsteen on the jukebox.

I am one of them, a slightly overweight, considerably graying 30-year-old sportswriter with a limited portfolio.

Dontrell Jackson is the other. He's a fit, energetic, 27-year-old minor-league football player with bigger goals yet unrealized. The odds are good you've never heard of him. ...

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