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David Sims goes from garbageman to Philadelphia Eagles

From Reuben Frank of CSN Philly: It sounds like something out of a movie, but 26-year-old safety David Sims has finally made it to the NFL after working odd jobs, including a stint as a garbageman.

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The low point came on Dec. 24, 2005. Christmas Eve seven years ago.

While the rest of the world was snuggled up around the Christmas tree or watching a fire roar in the fireplace, 19-year-old David Sims was hanging onto the back railing of a grimy garbage truck as it made its regular rounds around the streets of Gainesville, Florida.

The one-time star tailback at Gainesville High School wasn’t playing football anymore, wasn’t going to college, wasn’t doing much of anything with his life except picking up people's trash and dumping it in the back of the truck. House after house, block after block.

For the rest of Frank's profile on Sims, head over to CSN Philly.