March 9, 2007

Odom returns after one-year hiatus

A year ago, it looked like Rudy Odom was going to have to give up his dream of playing college football.

Odom signed with Auburn in 2005 but had to give up football less than a year into his career due to health issues and a subpar performance in the classroom.

At the time, it would have been easy for Odom to just walk away, return to Mandeville, La., and perhaps attend a school closer to home or find a job.

But Odom was determined to make it back.

He stayed in school at Auburn, got his grades back up, and his blood pressure under control. And after watching the first seven practices in street clothes, Odom finally got to suit back up on Thursday.

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