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  • Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson is surrounded by his children Leonard III, Lenaris and Kienarria.  Hankerson, whose father was murdered before he was born, is determined to be a strong presence in his children's life beyond his earning power as a pro football player. (Cristobal Herrera/For The Washington Times)

    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.

  • Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson immerses himself in fatherhood by taking care of his children personally and financially. His job as an NFL player keeps him away at times but lets him provide for Leonard, Kienarria and Lenaris. (Cristobal Herrera/special to 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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