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After valleys, Gilyard reaches peak

Updated: December 30, 2009, 9:44 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Let Mardy Gilyard describe the proper way to enjoy a mayonnaise sandwich:

"Take a little Hellman's, put it on some bread, toast it lightly. Then just close your eyes and chew it real slow. It'll taste like a porterhouse."

Gilyard laughed. Moments earlier he had been crying. Both emotions were wholly appropriate as the Cincinnati wide receiver described how he journeyed from a childhood of deprivation in an allegedly abusive Florida home to ...

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