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Before They Were Pros: Ray Edwards

Vikings fourth-round draft choice Ray Edwards had a rocky ending to his collegiate career at Purdue. At his interview at the Combine, Edwards explained some of what caused the hard the feeling between him and some coaches at Purdue and touched on his difficult upbringing.

On how his mother made poor choices and wasn't in his life and neither was his father: "I met my dad for the first time when I was 13 ... My grandmother works nights at Wal-Mart right now and I want to put a stop to that." On his decision to come out early and announcing it right after the final game: "The last couple of weeks I didn't know if I was going to leave or not, but I talked to my...

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