Farm served as sanctuary for WR prospect

Potential first-round draft pick Robert Meachem's life has already been altered by tragedy, but he says his rodeo background and deep religious convictions have helped see him through, Matt Mosley writes.

Updated: March 20, 2007, 11:41 AM ET
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com

TULSA, Okla. -- Robert Meachem's path to the NFL began on an 8½-acre farm he's owned since birth. The barn and small arena where his father first taught him how to rope calves are gone, but the memories endure.

Now that the former Tennessee wide receiver is being projected as a potential first-round pick in next month's draft, he's thinking about sprucing up the place.

"I'd like to build my mom a nice, big house right in the middle," said Meachem. ...

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