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Read articles about the benefits of perseverance, hard work, and determination in the lives of some of your favorite football stars. Also, learn about the benefits of playing youth football from other kids.

E.M.S. RAMS
Certainly there are youth football teams that make education a priority along with learning the skills of football.

GRADUATION TIME
Graduation time is here, and once again, NFL players — like 2004 All-Stars Ray Lewis and Tony Richardson — are earning their diplomas.

QB CLUB AWARDS
Peyton, Eli, and Archie Manning, along with children from Boys & Girls Clubs, will all have something in common this summer.

CORSO, BROWN, KEMP, WILLIAMS & FLEECE TO BE HONORED BY POP WARNER
LANGHORNE, PA – This year, 4,300 young football players, cheerleaders, and dancers were selected as Pop Warner Scholar All-Americans for achieving the highest academic merit in the program.

PP&K SHOWED THE WAY
by: Alex Gordon
The defining moment in Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover's career didn't come when his team won the Super Bowl in 2000.

LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL
Twelve-year NFL veteran Marcus Robertson served as an NFL player representative for six years during his career.

PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF
by: Mitchell Lavnick
Looking back, youth football may have been the only level at which Jeff Garcia didn't have to prove himself. Didn't have to convince anyone he was big enough or fast enough. Didn't have to beg for the chance to show how huge his heart is.

EXCELLING EARLY
Many fans are taking a look at the lineups for this year's Super Bowl teams and wondering, "Who are these guys?" Fans can learn quite a bit just by looking at some of these players' high school careers.

DRIVING FORWARD
It seems the word "quit" never made it into Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver's dictionary. All of his life, Driver has risen above challenges in profound ways.

TURNING HEADS
Jasmine Plummer went to Disney World last week. Plummer, an 11-year-old girl who started playing football on the streets of suburban Chicago, did much more than just visit the Magic Kingdom. She made history as the first female quarterback in the 56th Annual Pop Warner Super Bowl.

CATCHING UP AND MOVING AHEAD
St. Louis Rams rookie tackle Jimmy Kennedy grew up fending for himself on the tough streets of Yonkers, his mom worked two jobs, and he was heading down the wrong path when his football coach turned his life around.

THE GIRLS GET IN THE GAME
by: Mitchell Lavnick
When Katie Hnida lined up for an extra point attempt in December's Las Vegas Bowl, the New Mexico Lobo field goal kicker made history as the first woman to play in a Division I-A college game. Her try was blocked, but that didn't take away from her achievement.

Players Stories Features reprinted by permission of USA Football.