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Iowa town turns to football to recover from tornado

After a tornado ripped through Parkersburg, Iowa, the town realized that one of the best patches of new grass needs to be at the football field, writes ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs.

Updated: June 24, 2008, 5:21 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

PARKERSBURG, Iowa -- Step-by-step, Jared DeVries walks deeper into the nightmare that is his former high school. Every time his white cross trainers hit the ground, he is greeted by another noise: the crackling of broken glass here and the squish of wet ceiling tiles there.

The Detroit Lions defensive end has read the articles, seen the pictures and watched the videos. His friends and family warned him about what to expect.

It was a just about four weeks ago, ...

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