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Sanford turning into unexpected leader

Jamarca Sanford (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA)

A former seventh-round draft choice, Jamarca Sanford is entering his prime as a player and emerging as one of the leaders in the absence of Antoine Winfield. It may be a surprise to some, but not to Sanford.

One year can make all the difference in the world of an athlete. Goats are turned into heroes over that course of time and fringe players can become starters. Such was the case for Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford. Last year in training camp, Sanford was battling for a starting safety spot it appeared he would lose. In fact, he did lose that battle, starting the regular season behind first-round...

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