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Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown focuses on proving doubters wrong and believers right

Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown focuses on proving doubters wrong and believers right

The ride to the game is a calm, peaceful, spiritual one.

Jatavis Brown, the Chargers’ second-year linebacker, will tune into gospel music — a fitting start to a Sunday that has him playing in some of football’s holiest cathedrals. It relaxes Brown, he says.

Described by teammates as a “laid-back dude,” Brown speaks with a soft voice and wears a polite, kind smile — until he walks out onto the field for Sunday’s first sweat.

The gospel is nowhere to be found. The headphones, they blare Lil’ Boosie, a Southern rapper with lyrics that probably need to come with a nonstop ticket to confession. From “Mind of a Maniac” to “Loose as a Goose,” a song that’s not about zoology,...

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