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Unlikely NFL Prospect Working Hard To Get Drafted

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(WLNS) - The NFL draft is upon us which for some Spartan football players, means the chance to turn a life-long dream into a reality.

6 News Joe Khalil tells the story of one former Spartan whose journey to playing on Sundays is as unlikely as it is inspirational.
Glenn Winston, a name many MSU football fans have long forgotten. If you remember it at all, it probably isn't for what he did on the field.

"The hardest part was dealing with trying to get back.”
Winston was suspended and then kicked off the team for two separate fights.

Ultimately charged with assault, he spent six months behind bars. But rock bottom didn't come until he got out.
"You could say homeless. I was house hopping. I would sleep a few nights in a few cars, friends cars. Even if it wasn't always three meals a day or a warm house to stay in, I was always positive,” said Glenn Winston, Former MSU Football Player.

Winston could have gone back to his mother's house in Detroit, but decided against it.
"I didn't want to be a burden to my mom. I have two younger siblings, boys and it's their time now. I didn't want to take food out of their mouths.”

Three years ago Winston began training with Jeffery Johnson. When Johnson saw how Winston was living he took him in.
"A lot of people say I helped him out. He helped me out tremendously, just appreciating everything I had. I have three boys, if they turn out half the person Glenn is, I'll be a happy man,” said Jeffrey Johnson, Winston’s trainer.

“I always knew I was going to play again, I just didn't know where,” said Winston.
Winston says he's learned from his past and hasn't given up on a future in the NFL.

"Five years later now I'm 25. Bigger, better man, better decision maker."
Despite his past and perhaps because of it, Winston says performing for NFL scouts has been no pressure.

"Obviously the jail term was a lot more to deal with than running a 40 or catching a football."
If he hears his name called this weekend, he’s going to say, “mom we made it. We made it mom, we made it."

Mom won't have to worry about mouths to feed. Winston hopes to be drafted in one of the later rounds. He says he'll be happy playing for any team willing to pick him.
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