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Now, Isaiah is living the life he's always dreamed about. In 2002, he married his high school sweetheart, Lauren. "She's been with me every step of the way. She [was] with me when I didn't have anything," he says. "She actually had to give me money when I was with her at first and through college."

Together, Isaiah and Lauren have two children, Isaiah Jr. and Lilliana. "They're the light of my life," Isaiah says. He says he works to be a positive influence for them just like his mother was for him.

Since Isaiah grew up without a lot of money, he says he continues to live frugally. "My wife could attest to that," he says. Isaiah even forgot to pick up his first signing bonus check—worth hundreds of thousands of dollars—because he was so focused on his work! He says he's still getting used to luxuries like dry cleaning. "I never had dry cleaning in my life. What is this stuff about dry cleaning? Just throw it in the washer. You're fine," he jokes.
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Published on March 01, 2007

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