Larry Bird: The Indiana State Years

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Twenty years after his retirement from the NBA, Larry Bird remains one of the most popular athletes of all time. Long before he set foot in Boston, however he was "the Hick from French Lick," a small Indiana town of 2,000. Bird was originally set to play college ball for Bobby Knight at Indiana, but left the school after 24 days because he was homesick and overwhelmed by the size of the school. He returned to French Lick and took a job mowing lawns and driving a garbage truck for the town's Street Department. After a year, Bird enrolled at Indiana State.

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