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Isaiah graduated from Harvard with honors as a pre-med major and led his team to their first Ivy League title in nearly a decade. "The reason that he's been able to achieve all his goals is he's driven," says Harvard Coach Tim Murphy. "I've never met a kid with stronger desire and bigger heart."

After college, Isaiah fulfilled his childhood dream to play in the NFL. In 2006, Isaiah was team captain of the Seattle Seahawks and helped lead the team to the Super Bowl. Today, he plays for the St. Louis Rams.

Instead of using his tough childhood as an excuse, Isaiah says he learned how to turn poverty into a motivator. "I didn't want to fail because I realized how I was living at a young age, and I wanted a family when I grew up," he says. "I was bound and determined to do that. ... It was my past that helped motivate me to become what I wanted to be."
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Published on March 01, 2007

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