"I was slipping all over the field," Givins says. "I couldn't keep my balance. But J.J. kept after me. If I hadn't learned to run this way, I never would have caught a pass."
Smith helps Givins during games. "He gives me tips on coverages," Givins says. "He's such a nice guy, sometimes I feel funny about taking his job."
Givins grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla., with dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. His father, Ernest Sr., was an outfielder in the Cleveland farm system. But in Givins's senior year at Lakewood High, he struck out twice in one game and decided baseball wasn't for him. The opposing pitcher was Dwight Gooden.
"That changed my mind about baseball," Givins says. "I thought I was that bad. I didn't realize he was just that good."
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