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After a long timeout for basketball, Darren Fells is set for NFL debut
After a long timeout for basketball, Darren Fells is set for NFL debut

When Darren Fells' heart told him not to play football in college, even though he had been an all-state receiver at Fullerton High and had his pick of scholarships from UCLA and other schools, he followed his instincts and accepted a basketball scholarship from UC Irvine. When his heart again told him he was playing the wrong sport, this time after a solid college basketball career and five seasons in Europe, he listened once more. His latest switch, more surprising than his first, seems to be right for him — and it has put him in a wonderfully improbable position. Fells, 28, is poised to make his NFL debut at tight end with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, about 18 months...

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