After seven arrests between ages 15 and 18, Kenbrell Thompkins appears to have turned his life around. Now, he is starting at wide receiver for the Patriots and catching passes from Tom Brady.
Years ago, a Miami judge helped put him on a productive path, approving special probation conditions that allowed Thompkins to travel outside Florida and play for El Camino College in California. He eventually made his way to the University of Cincinnati, got his degree in criminal justice, and wound up with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent.
“It’s humbling,” said Thompkins. “It’s my dream and I’m living in the moment. I’m trying not to look in my rearview mirror.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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