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Edited by Alexander Wolff
November 21, 1994
Fast Train from Clarksville
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November 21, 1994


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Loss Leader

To Michael Porter, losing isn't everything; it's the only thing. Porter, a sophomore running back at Prairie View A&M, has been a loser in the last 51 football games he has played. After three 0-10 seasons at Houston's Jefferson Davis High School, he chose Prairie View, then at 24 straight losses and counting, "for academic reasons." On Saturday the Panthers broke Columbia's Division I-AA record with their 45th consecutive loss, 52-7 at Jackson State.

"People are amazed that I keep playing, but I'm not about to quit," Porter says. "I try to play good football on every down. I don't look at the clock or think about the score. I know that what I've gone through will help me later in life."

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