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Elam succeeds in the wake of tragedy

Updated: December 22, 2009, 11:13 AM ET
By Matt Winkeljohn | Special to ESPN.com

Matt Elam has always been able to run hard and fast, but only upon slowing down did he become a truly fabulous high school football player, and a more promising person.

Blessed with golden DNA, the same mix of genes that has landed brother Abram Elam with the NFL's Browns, ESPNU's No. 13-ranked senior in the nation has otherwise been doubly cursed.

If your 12-year-old sister had been murdered when you were 8 and your oldest brother murdered last year in ...

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