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Former NFL standout Marcellus Wiley written an interesting book that chronicles his amazing career on and off the field. Wiley’s book titled “Never Shut Up: The Life, Opinions, and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outlier” (Dutton; $28.00, Oct. 23) is a great read for many sports fans who follow the NFL.

Wiley, who comes from South Central Los Angeles, is an inspiration to a number of young people growing up in the inner city in today. He went to Columbia University, an Ivy League school, in New York City. While he was at Columbia, he studied sociology prior to becoming one of the highest drafted Ivy League players.

“It was a blessing in disguise just to be presented that opportunity to go to an Ivy League school,” said Wiley, who co-hosts the show “Speak for Yourself” on Fox Sports. “I was a typical inner city kid who thought about going to the football factory, was enamored by the school’s colors more so than the academic ranking. I thought about all the fun I could have on and off the football field in the big time environment.

“As I got closer to my senior year and recruiting I took the big football factory trip, but I also allowed Columbia to try to entice me to go there. I went on my recruiting trip and was amazed by the experience going to New York City for a weekend as a recruit.

“I returned home and told everyone about my trip, all my peers and people who were in the same circumstance. They were caught up in respecting the football schools. All the elders, teachers and counselors — without even thought — they said, ‘you have to go to Columbia. It’s going to pay dividends beyond your wildest dreams.’”

Wiley was a second round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played three seasons with the Bills (1997-2000). An All-Pro defensive end, also played for the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played 10 seasons in the NFL.

Wiley has done extremely well putting together a great broadcasting career following his playing days in the NFL. He spent more than 10 years at ESPN before moving over to Fox Sports. The book provides a great overview of his career.

dhunt@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5719

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