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Maryland star Will Likely goes back to his fertile football grounds

Maryland star Will Likely goes back to his fertile football grounds

For years, William Likely Jr. saw more than two dozen high school football players from Belle Glade, Fla., and surrounding rural communities in western Palm Beach County near Lake Okeechobee, reach the NFL.

The father of star Maryland cornerback Will Likely III played with a handful of them at Glades Central High and watched others from neighboring Pahokee High do the same, including former Ravens Anquan Boldin and Pernell McPhee.

"The talent runs deep," the elder Likely said in a telephone interview this week. "The list goes on and on."

There are dozens more who left the place everyone calls "Muck City" with more of a past than a future....

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