Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/21/12

People tend to focus so much on the astronomical mounts of money professional athletes make in some instances that they forget where some of them came from. By making it to the biggest stage in sports, many players rescued themselves and their families from lives of hardship. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen tweeted the photo you see above on Monday with a powerful message accompanying it. “Come a long way since livin here,” McCutchen wrote. “Thank you God for all you’ve done (in) my life. #Amen” Randy Moss tweeted a similar photo a couple of weeks ago when he returned to his hometown in West Virginia. McCutchen is one of the game’s brightest young stars, but the photo reminds us that his career is about more than just being on ESPN or hitting a walk-off home run. H/T Big League Stew

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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