MINNEAPOLIS -- Harold Legania has gone through some adversity on the football field, but it can't hold a candle to the adversity the Gophers junior has endured away from the game.
Legania, a defensive lineman at Minnesota, grew up in New Orleans. He was a two-star recruit while playing for Edna Karr High School and eventually chose the Gophers over several other options.
Before football became a big part of Legania's life, he lost another huge part: his father. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the surrounding area of the Gulf Coast in 2005, Legania and his family evacuated New Orleans before the storm hit. They left for Baton Rouge, an 80-mile trip that normally takes just over an hour. Because of the traffic from so many residents fleeing New Orleans, it took the Legania family 17 hours to make the trek.
Legania's father, Harold, Sr., was very sick with cancer and had been battling the disease for six years. Due to the hurricane, Harold Sr. was not able to ...