Grady Jarrett: From ash to hellfire

Grady Jarrett was used to rejection.

He had been told “no” more than most in a short lifetime, been overlooked at every level, learned to fend for himself. And yet, his slip in the 2015 NFL draft was still a shock.

“I kinda prepared him for that,” Jarrett’s college coach, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, told the AJC last week. “I said, ‘Grady, you’re not going to get drafted high.’ ” 

 Jarrett didn’t listen. No, this time was going to be different, he thought. 

After a draft-night fire reduced his home to ash, his career path in fumes, Jarrett’s soul burned with the rage of hellfire.

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And story of the Falcons’ fifth-round pick proved to be just beginning. Read Jarrett’s harrowing tale in the AJC Special Report:

From ash to hellfire
Grady Jarrett’s search for validation started before he ever hit the field with the Atlanta Falcons

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