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Baltimore Ravens safety Terrence Brooks lines up for a play against the New Orleans Saints. Brooks played at Citrus Springs Middle School and Dunnellon High School before heading to Florida State University, where he won a national championship.
For safety, risk pays off

On the same week Terrence Brooks hoped to go pro, he was expecting his firstborn.

Although the NFL was within reach, it wasn’t his only concern. The 2014 draft only added to the amount of stress Brooks was feeling at the time.

During the second day of draft day, he went to lie down to rest, to shut out the noise. He grew exhausted hearing other names called and didn’t want to watch the draft.