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Quincy Black has traveled a tough road to make it in life and to the NFL

In what has become one of the easiest players to get behind in recent years, Rick Stroud of the St. Pete Times presents a small glimpse of what it was like to be Quincy Black growing up. Quincy grew up in a tough neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. He actually grew up a Bears fan (the first and probably last knock against him). As a freshman in high school, Quincy lost his father to a drug overdose. Days before he was to graduate from high school, his mother died of a heart attack. If that wasn't enough, during his junior year in college, his grandfather passed away. For the majority of us, these events would rock our worlds, leave us hardened, and probably detached from the world. Although Quincy experienced great pain from these events, he didn't allow them to take over his life:

"It was very difficult. It's something I learned I could get through. You can't let those things hinder you from doing what you want to do. You have to move forward." Black continued, "I think I grew up gradually. There wasn't a catastrophic event," Black said. "Death is part of life."

That my friends is maturity beyond his years. Quincy stayed determined in his own life and has reached one of his major goals in life. Congratulations Quincy. I know you've already got a huge faction of fans pulling for you.