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Miles Sanders NFL Running Back at Woodland Hills High School

Miles Sanders rode a wave of determination from Pittsburgh to the Eagles

 by Jeff McLane

SWISSVALE, Pa. — Santa Claus didn’t come to Miles Sanders’ home.

There were presents when the Eagles rookie running back and his siblings descended from the stairs of their two-story, red brick house on Christmas mornings. But the Sanders kids were under no illusion about who had purchased and placed those gifts under a tree.

Their mother had, and her pride and the forthright way she reared her children meant that they would forgo certain youthful artifices.

“I never taught them about Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny,” Marlene Sanders said. “First of all, I’d say, ‘Santa Claus is too fat to come down a chimney and we don’t even have one.’ I was never into that. I would tell them, ‘I worked very hard to buy your Christmas gifts.’”

Sanders was a single mother raising three boys in this borough outside Pittsburgh and discipline wasn’t necessarily a forte. Instead she would threaten Miles and his brothers, Brian and Kobe, with facts to keep them out of trouble and, for instance, from having their own children far too early...

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