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  Javon Kinlaw's motivation comes from his past, having lived at times without running water or electricity. Those humble beginnings drive the South Carolina defensive tackle to play with a different kind of aggression and have helped him become one of the top NFL prospects at this week's Senior Bowl. He is trying to cement his status as a first-rounder and perhaps even a top 10 draft pick. Kinlaw has traveled a path from poverty to junior college to the Southeastern Conference to arrive at this point.

A first-team Associated Press All-American last season, Kinlaw - along with his mom Leesa James and two brothers - immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago. He describes a childhood that included bouts of virtual homelessness and living in a basement in Washington D.C., filling buckets from a neighbor's hose for baths, eating lots of bologna and hot dogs and sharing shoes with his brothers even though they were a couple of sizes apart. "It just makes me play with an aggression, a different kind of aggression," Kinlaw said this week. "People just doing you wrong all your life. Football just became an outlet for that type of stuff. It's been working in my favor, honestly." - AP College Football


Sr/2020 DT Javon KinlawSouth Carolina
News Source: AP College Football



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