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Mario Edwards following in dad's footsteps and showing why he's No. 1 in ESPNU 150

Updated: June 9, 2011, 3:05 PM ET
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN Recruiting

The summer heat of Texas doesn't bother former NFL cornerback Mario Edwards. He endured more searing conditions at age 16, fathering his namesake as he tried to make it out of Gautier, Miss., on nothing but determination and a bundle of football talent.

So when young Mario Edwards Jr., more than a decade later, quit his dad's demanding 6 a.m. workouts, the elder Edwards let him go without a battle. There was only one way to teach the kid.

"He thought he was done," Edwards said, ...

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