Undersized DT used to overcoming odds

DT Mike Patterson figured the path to a college scholarship was leaving home and seeking out better competition.

Updated: April 13, 2005, 12:28 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

When he was a sophomore in high school, at a time when the simple priority for most kids is securing a driver's license, Mike Patterson was driven to a greater goal. And so, fueled by his dreams, Patterson packed most of his belongings, left his family behind in Sacramento, Calif., and headed for the brighter lights of Southern Cal.

So, another tale of some aspiring young actor willing to sacrifice just about anything to make it big in Hollywood, right?

Uh, no, not quite.

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