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Tech’s Paige: A perfect leader

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It’s 2005 and Olajuwon Paige, having just capped an outstanding prep career at Aiken High School, is working in the fast food industry.

While delivering orders of cherry limeades and extra long cheese coneys as a car hop at Sonic (without the roller skates), Paige thought back to his high school career. He thought about his days as an All-State selection as a quarterback in the state of South Carolina and being named Most Valuable Player of the Down Under Bowl, a showcase for top high school players that takes place in Australia.

It’s tough taking a year off from playing the game that’s brought so much success in a person’s life. Having played football since the age of five, Paige needed football and didn’t want to feel, in his opinion, as a waste of talent.

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