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    Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson learning to manage family life with football career

    Leonard Hankerson is experiencing what his father could not. Being a dad fortifies his identity as he becomes a man himself at age 24. He navigates typical challenges of fatherhood in an atypical dynamic: He is operating without a blueprint; he's the product of a culture in which raising children is optional for fathers in many cases, and his job as a receiver for the Washington Redskins significantly impacts his role as a provider and caretaker for his children.

  • Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson caught at least one pass in the team's final 15 regular-season games in 2012. That included a two-touchdown game in a win over the Browns when Kirk Cousins was playing for an injured Robert Griffin III. (the washington times)

    With no blueprint, Redskin Hankerson seeks success as dad

    The two football fields at Lauderhill Middle School come alive each weeknight during the summer and fall. Youth football teams of all ages practice on their allotted sections of turf. Whistles chirp between the crunches of shoulder pads and helmets. Cheerleader squads rehearse their routines on the periphery.

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