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Keliikipi overcomes hurdles to fulfill dream of playing for Hawaii

Updated: October 16, 2003, 12:03 AM ET

HONOLULU -- Severely overweight, dejected and closing in on his mid-20s, West Keliikipi's lifelong dreams of playing college football seemed almost impossible just a year ago.

"Seeing myself go downhill and seeing myself not being happy with life, I just decided I had to do this," he said. "Not to prove it to anybody else, but to myself."

After saving enough money to enroll at the University of Hawaii and shedding 80-some pounds, Keliikipi walked onto the football team this season. ...

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