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New Ravens safety Tony Jefferson plays with chip on shoulder from not being drafted

New Ravens safety Tony Jefferson plays with chip on shoulder from not being drafted

As the hours of the 2013 NFL draft slogged by, Tony Jefferson's emotions raced past confusion and despair.

“I was angry,” he says. “So angry.”

He had been a blue-chip high school recruit and delivered three productive seasons for one of the most prominent college programs in the country. Why, all of a sudden, did no one want him? Why wasn’t he drafted? He’d left Oklahoma early in anticipation of guaranteed NFL riches. Instead, he was hurtling into a void he’d never even fathomed.

“It was mind-boggling,” said his father, Tony Sr., who sat beside his son in the family’s San Diego home during the draft.

But Tony Sr., a heavyweight boxer turned preacher, had always...

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