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Gado emerges as unlikely star for Packers

OWINGS MILLS -- Samkon Gado was virtually anonymous, a nobody from nowhere. Now, the Green Bay Packers' rookie is one of the most refreshing stories and promising young running backs in the NFL. If the Nigerian immigrant was a boxer, outspoken promoter Don King would bellow, "Only in America."

How Gado who rarely started for Division I-AA Liberty University -- the school founded by fundamentalist Christian leader Jerry Falwell -- emerged as a rising star in the land of Vince Lombardi is beyond improbable. First, Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green ruptured his quadriceps tendon. Then, Najeh Davenport broke his ankle. Tony Fisher fractured his rib. And ReShard Lee fumbled on his very...