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CRAWFORD BLOG: Derrick Caracter gets in shape, gets spiritual

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Adam Zagoria has an intriguing offering this morning on former University of Louisville Cardinal Derek Caracter. He never quite got it going at U of L, never got into physical shape, missed on several chances given to him by Rick Pitino. He finally got himself together at UTEP and was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers.

He's in the Atlanta Hawks camp with former Cardinal Jerry Smith, apparently has gotten himself into better condition and says he was "humbled and humiliated" by his experience with the Los Angeles Lakers.

But the most revealing passage in Zagoria's piece was Caracter describing a spiritual awakening. An excerpt:

"Honestly, Mother's Day 2012, I was touched by Jesus," Caracter said. "My aunt was dealing with brain cancer and spinal cancer and some things like that….She'll pull through hopefully. I believe she will."

Caracter said he experienced a powerful transformation that caused him to break down in tears while at a church in Sarasota, Fla.

"This time when I was touched it was a weeping," Caracter said. "I closed my eyes and I was standing in this church and my body started to break down and weep and I had never cried that way. In my head, I didn't know what was going on. I couldn't deny it…My body, my soul was weeping."

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