He doesn't like to talk about it. Most athletes don't.
Openly discussing your upbringing requires a certain level of stillness and introspection, traits that don't jive with the hard-charging, always-looking-forward attitudes that permeate most championship locker rooms.
But for Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw, there is another reason to avoid reflecting on his childhood. As he told The Baltimore Sun, "The way I grew up, the things I endured or encountered, I kind of have trust issues."
Upshaw grew up the way too many young black men in rural Alabama have for years -- impoverished, fatherless, nomadic, angry and searching.
He was shuffled off to an aunt's house in Eufaula, Ala. as a child because his mother had neither the time nor money to raise him. There were plenty of days when Upshaw lived without electricity or proper clothing, when he slept on the couch -- so that his younger sisters could have the bed -- and when he brought french fries home after a ...