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  • As a child, Michael didn't have all of the luxuries of a nice home. In fact, Michael didn't really have an established home for over a month until he was about 12 years old. Micahel and his 11 siblings were always moving around and switching schools. Michael's family didn't have it easy, they had it quite rough. They didnt't really know why, but they just knew to deal with it. 
  • "Where are we going"?
  • Michael never had anything handed to him, it was all earned. As Michael got abit older, he learned why he was locked out of his house so much. His mother had an extreme drug addiction, and would sometimes not come home for days, leaving the door locked. Micahel and his siblings were basically homeless at points, and had to take care of each other at very young ages. 
  • "Well, door's locked again"
  • "So... what do we do"?
  • One day during elementary school, Michael and his brother were pulled out of school and taken to a house that belonged to a woman by the name of Velma Jones. This was going to be Michael's new home. It was a big change because he was living with a lot of older kids, yet he was still the biggest. Also, everything was much more organized and also different than his usual lifestyle. 
  • "Who's house is this"?
  • "I think we're going to see now"
  • When Micahel was in 7th grade, he was placed in the Ida B. Wells school. This school was designed to help kids who are behind their grade level because of bad situations at home i which Michael would go throught all the time during his childhood. While attending this school, Michael felt that school could really be a great place for learning if you are taught by the right and caring people. The school taught him so much and mentored him to be ready to start at a new school in 8th grade. This was huge for Michael.
  • "I love it here"!
  • Finally, the day April 26th, 2009 came. Michale was sitting i Radio City Music Hall on draft night with other expected 1st rounder picks such as Mathew Stafford, Jason Smith. As all of the other players in the room's names were called, Michael was sitting there with his brother and mom, heart beating and racing when his name was called as the 23rd pick of the NFL draft. 
  • "I'm just blessed to be here"
  • "Michael, you are at the NFL draft"!
  •  Michaels ticket out of the Memphis ghetto as shown throughout the book is football. Michael to this day is a free agent in the NFL and was drafted by the Baltimore ravens, and played on 2 other NFL football teams.  Nothing was ever handed right to him, and so he had to work to be the succesful man he is today.  As a rookie, Michael won rookie of the month, and was named a Sports Illustrated All-Pro.
  • "Everything I accomplish, I have to work for"
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