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Raymond overcomes heartache, drafted by Vikings
That was Spielman’s first question to him.
“One thing I asked him was did you have any revenge things or anything like that in your mind,” Spielman said. “He just said, ‘I’m moving forward. Things happen and you can’t let that linger and keep thinking about that.’ To me, that’s why he is where he is today.”
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who is entering his first full season as a head coach, is big on character, and it was clear Raymond’s story of perseverance made an impact.
“My heart goes out to he and his family for some of the things he’s experienced,” Frazier said. “It says a lot about him as a person, some of the adversity that he’s faced and how he’s stuck with it and has not given up on life and certainly not given up on his self. A tremendous young man.”
Raymond said he used football as an outlet to channel the grief and emotions he was dealing with, and the primary reason he has not gone down the wrong path.
“I could always get on the football field and forget about everything and just play the game,” he said. “It’s something that I found at an early age that I had an extreme passion for and it’s carried me this far. I’m excited to see how far it will carry me in the future.”
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