This is how it starts

They are underdogs and fighters. Now, finally, they are the Georgia State Panthers

Updated: August 26, 2010, 12:32 PM ET
By Justin Heckert | ESPN The Magazine

The dreamer found a home in the hallways.

He was first, before the desks were assembled and the office key fit the lock, before the coaches lined family portraits on their windowsills.

The long shot closed his eyes and saw the historic opening kickoff, the ball falling out of the air. He pictured running downfield in those opening seconds at the Georgia Dome, making that first tackle.

The project was the first player to say yes to this team that ...

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