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A run-in with a hungry homeless man inspired former Golden Gophers safety Cedric Thompson to begin blogging again.

Thompson, a three-year starter at the University of Minnesota, wrote that he was inspired to write after he met a homeless man who was hungry and standing outside of a grocery store that he had just been kicked out of.

The man told Thompson that he was homeless after spending nine years in prison. Thompson bought the man food and learned a lot more in the process. Read Thompson's blog for the entire story, but here's a clip.

"At this point I ask him if he’s telling me this story because he wants something to eat. He says yes, almost in a relieved way, that he’s really hungry and just wants some food. So I tell him to come inside with me and I’ll buy him something to eat. We’re standing at the deli counter and I ask him what he wants. He says he’d like two pieces of chicken. I was like, “That’s all you want? Look man, if you want something to eat, you need to eat until you’re full. You’re a grown man, I don’t think two pieces of chicken are going to fill you up, so get what you want.” He was really shy and hesitant about asking for more. So I went ahead and ordered him a 20-piece chicken meal with a drink and three sides. While we were waiting, he told me that he has two daughters and was trying to feed them too. When I handed him the food, he was just so thankful and appreciative…he had tears in his eyes. I could tell this man was seriously hungry."

Thompson was drafted in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins. He'll begin his first career training camp on July 30.

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