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The rise and fall and rise again of Ted Ginn Jr.

The rise and fall and rise again of Ted Ginn Jr.
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http://www.patriotsnflofficialonline.com/Shane-Vereen-Jersey CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two catches ... 1 yard ... 13 games. That was the entirety of Ted Ginn Jr.'s contribution to the San Francisco 49ers' offense in 2012, when his once-promising career bottomed out. Back then, the wide receiver was hearing concerns from everyone: his wife, friends and total strangers. Many of them came from back home in Cleveland. Locals wanted to know why Ginn -- football's version of LeBron James in the area, the city's highest offensive draft pick since Desmond Howard -- wasn't catching more passes. Ginn's mind was elsewhere. His father's pancreatic cancer had worsened, and in December 2012, Ginn received a call from his family suggesting he get home quickly. "This might be it," he remembered. Dad had been in a coma for a few days. Ginn flew home and arrived at Cleveland Clinic around 6 a.m., a convenient time, considering no one was awake to ask him about football. In the previous months, Ginn had bemoaned to his father the helplessness he felt on the field. Ted Ginn Sr. didn't have the strength to talk much, with tubes in his nose and a family member holding the phone, and he was left to hear the crying without a father's guidance in return. Now, Ginn was preparing to say goodbye. Nick Hayden Womens Jersey When Ginn entered the hospital room, Dad perked up. "Do y'all know who that is?" Ted Ginn Sr., an accomplished high school coach in the area, asked the nurses while sporting an ear-to-ear smile. "That's my boy." Dad beat the odds. He has been in recovery for about three years. "Haven't seen him drop since then," the younger Ginn said. Son is rewarding that health with the best play of his football career. Sure, Ginn's career resurgence in Carolina -- with 10 receiving touchdowns this year, more than his previous seven seasons combined -- assuages the burden of being a former No. 9 overall pick with underwhelming career numbers. But it does more than that. Ginn is also fulfilling the promise the people of Cleveland saw in him long ago, with a collective dab for those who doubted him during the down times. http://www.chiefsnflofficialproshop.com/Derrick-Johnson-Jersey "This is about the happiest I've seen the kid in a long, long time," Ginn Sr. said. BEFORE GINN JR.'S rise and fall and rise again, he was just a scrawny kid who stole candy from his dad's beverage shop. This was East Cleveland, where crime remains rampant in parts. Ginn said he lost friends to drive-by shootings, with young and misguided males trying to take over the area. But Ginn and his buddies had the East side glinting with pride in the mid-2000s. Ginn, Browns safety Donte Whitner and Troy Smith played for Glenville High School, coached by Ginn Sr., a former factory worker and shop owner who worked his way through the local coaching scene. At the time, Cleveland's main attractions were watching LeBron James hoop at St. Vincent-St. Mary High in nearby Akron, then catching the "Glenville boys" run track and play football. Ginn was a top-shelf sprinter and hurdler out of high school and was actually a top defensive recruit too. Between dad and son, the Ginns were a Cleveland franchise. "Everywhere you go in Cleveland, you know who the Ginns are," said Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, a Cleveland native who recruited Ginn to Ohio State while on Jim Tressel's staff. "Ted is a big, big deal there. He has always known what it takes. That's why you can't ever count him out." Eric Reid Womens Jersey Some did. Ginn was productive, with 790 yards, in his second season in Miami, which drafted him over Brady Quinn in 2007, despite an obvious quarterback need. But after three seasons, the team traded Ginn to San Francisco for a draft pick, which reduced him to special teams work for much of the next five years.

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