Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14
That Montee Ball was tough was never a question. This, after all, is a kid who rumbled his way to more than 1,900 yards last year, getting pummeled and knocked around in the process. A kid whose 39 touchdowns not only tied Barry Sanders' long-standing record, they were more than many teams could manage. A kid who will likely end this season with more career touchdowns than anyone in the history of major college football. Being strong is another matter altogether, however. It's an intrinsic quality you either have or you don't, and there's no way to tell until it's too late. As Ball lay awake over the summer, he wondered why he was being tested. Why several men had chosen to attack the Wisconsin running back as he walked home Aug. 1 after a night out with friends, leaving Ball unconscious and with a concussion after they knocked him to the ground and kicked him in his head and chest. ''Going through what I went through this past summer was very difficult,'' he said. ''To see that I...
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