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Owens beat the odds to become a star

Updated: October 17, 2008, 8:09 PM ET
By Harold Abend | ESPNRISE.com

Whether you love him for his play on the gridiron that has him on a path to challenge boyhood idol Jerry Rice's records, or hate him for his on- and off-field antics, you might be surprised to learn that the road to stardom for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has been anything but easy.

Just like others portrayed in this continuing series on ESPNRISE.com about unknown preps who became big-time pros -- including Seneca Wallace, Michael Strahan, Larry Allen and Dominique ...

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