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Archuleta a Self-Made Pro

Adam Archuleta

Most NFL players grew up pretending to be Joe Montana or Walter Payton on their neighborhood playgrounds. Those dreams were too ethereal for Adam Archuleta. Before he turned 10, the Redskins' new strong safety attacked his goal of becoming an NFL player by coupling shrewd resolve and a risk-taking spirit.

The scrawny kid from Chandler, Arizona. was going to build himself into a rock-solid athlete, one who never backed down from a challenge. "Since I was a little kid, I told myself I wanted to be in the NFL," Archuleta said. "I pretty much created my own path to get here. How was I going to make it? The first thing that stuck out to me was that I had to lift weights and train because that's what...

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