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Jets' Deon Simon refused to let obstacles stop his NFL dream

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Deon Simon is motivated by his painful past.

The darkest moments came while he dealt with a severe knee injury and academic issues as a high school senior, leaving his future on and off the field uncertain.

"It was a hard time," the Jets defensive tackle said after a recent practice. "I didn't know exactly what was going to happen at the next step, the next level. It's been tough, but I stuck with it.

"I put it upon myself that I won't be denied."

Today, the 27-year-old Simon is a promising backup on Todd Bowles' defense and a college graduate who has aspirations of becoming a U.S. Marshal when his playing days...

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