"I'm 14. I was born down on Morris Road. I'm going to school to get educated. I'm in the 9th grade and studying math. I like school because it keeps me out of trouble. You know, it is hard growing up on the streets because people ain't playing out here no more. There ain't no fighting with your hands no more, people go straight to weapons. I try and avoid fighting when I can by staying focused on school and football.
"See, I want to get out the ghetto when I grow up. My parents and grandparents were born in the ghetto. They tell me lots of their stories about living here and I don't want to live like that no more. I am going to break the cycle and get out. When I grow up, I want to be an NFL player. I have been playing football my whole life. Now, I play defensive tackle on my high school team. If that doesn't work out, I will work in technology."
Big An, left, is pictured with his friend, Brandon.