Changing the game: Kevin Faulk 

January, 21, 2013
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It was a cold January day in 1995 when Pete's Sports Bar and Grill, a popular burger-and-ball game joint on the main drag in Lafayette, La., was packed with people spilling out the door, with cars spilling over to the Chinese restaurant next door.

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AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaLong before cameras followed Kevin Faulk in the NFL, he attracted attention as a Louisiana prep football star who changed the game in LSU recruiting.
It wasn't for an NFL playoff game. It was for one kid, a talented high school senior running back named Kevin Faulk who was set to announce where he was going to college.

Faulk's announcement was being carried live across the state on television. It was a testament to how much passion there was for football in Louisiana, which was buzzing because there was a chance the state's best player might pick LSU instead of, like so many top Louisiana players before him, opting to leave for a more prominent national power.

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