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USC linebacker Hayes Pullard has grown up in his time on the field
USC linebacker Hayes Pullard has grown up in his time on the field

Sharon Pullard sat in her car last August and watched her oldest son walk away. She had just dropped him off at school, and as parents often do on their children's first day of kindergarten or college, she let her gaze linger on his receding figure. Suddenly, she burst into tears. "I started getting flashbacks," she said. Her son was no longer a child. He was 21 years old. In his fourth year at USC. It didn't matter. Sharon thought about the young man who stoically endured in high school after his father's death. She recalled his work to improve his grades at Crenshaw High and in college, his perseverance after 2010 knee surgery and his growing independence away from the football...

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