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Following his father

7/24/2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Most high school football players look forward to Friday nights: the lights that slowly buzz on, one by one, illuminating the perfectly cut, grassy field; the freshly painted white lines that outline the ensuing battle; the crush and clang of one helmet against another.

For most high school boys, this is their haven -- but not 2014 offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr.

His time is Monday mornings: when the hot sun lights the field on its own; when the white lines are no longer straight but scuffed and zigzagged, distant memories of games; when the only crush he hears is inside his head as he pushes himself harder and harder.