Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Dontari Poe (Memphis) is introduced as the number eleven overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
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Poe was a controversial draft choice, an inexperienced defensive tackle at the University of Memphis with few big plays to his name. But he vowed that he will close the gap between raw talent and NFL success. So many others are counting on it. One is a 26-year-old man who taught Poe some of the lessons that led him here; that earned him the chance at finding a way off of Memphis' dangerous streets and onto an NFL practice field. Anything but Poe's full effort and focus would be cheating those who offered examples - and others who personified them.
"It is tremendous what has happened," said Hunt, who helped build one of the five new homes. "It's a testament to the citizens of this community and so many people who have volunteered their time and efforts to help rebuild. It's really come a long way fast, but clearly, there is still work to be done."
Dustin Colquitt, Rodney Hudson, Brady Quinn, and Luke Pattersonjoined rookies Dontari Poe, Jeff Allen, Donald Stephenson and others helped to complete some of that work on Friday. Together with Habitat for Humanity volunteers and Joplin contractors, they framed new houses on a group of four blocks that were completely leveled last year.
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The camp consisted of over 35 different high school coaches from around the area, including eight local head coaches.
In addition, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams defensive linemen Jerrell Powe and Eugene Sims were on hand to do some instructing, as was Detroit Lions cornerback Brandon McDonald, a Collins native.
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"It really wasn't a question for me of whether I would come of not," Poe said. "It was an automatic yes."
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli - who has long preached the importance of character - said that decision exemplifies the attitude he hopes all of his players have.
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