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McPhee has endured a tough year in Ravens' Super Bowl season
McPhee has endured a tough year in Ravens' Super Bowl season

Growing up in bleak surroundings in South Florida, Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee learned long ago that life can be cruelly snatched away, bright light suddenly replaced by darkness. Although the newly minted Super Bowl-winning defensive lineman hates for people to see him cry, McPhee has shed a lot of tears this year while enduring several tragedies. Within the past year, McPhee's sister was killed in a shooting, his cousin drowned in a Florida canal and his godfather died of a heart attack. "I've been through a lot," said McPhee, who grew up sharing one bedroom with seven relatives. "I've lost a lot of people close to me. Death makes you...

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