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With One Phone Call, Kelly Is A Redskin

The answer to all of Malcolm Kelly's questions and the icing on the cake came five hours after the start of the NFL draft with a phone call from the Washington Redskins.

Washington made Malcolm the 51st overall pick in the second round. With a smile on his face and a thumbs up, the room exploded with cheers from his family and friends.

It was a moment broadcast to the country by ESPN.

"I know that in the end, God has a plan of where he wants you to be," Malcolm said, "and Washington is where he wanted me to be. So you know, I'm just glad to be that's where I am."

It is a new chapter in an already remarkable young life. Malcolm was all state as a Longview Lobo, an achievement that caught the eyes of the Oklahoma Sooners. It was with Oklahoma, Malcolm's pro wishes would become a reality.

But how does a young man who grew up in Cowboy country feel about being a Redskin?

"I grew up in Longhorn country and I played for Oklahoma so it won't be a big adjustment for me," Malcolm laughed.

Moses Kelly is as proud as one father could be. Not just because his son has gone to the next level, but proud of the man he is today.

"I was just so happy for him because it's something he always talked about doing, being able to go to the NFL," Moses said. "For it to happen, that's a great feeling to see a kid who really strived his whole life to make something happen, a dream happen, and it comes true? That's great."

In all of the chaos, Malcolm did not forget the charity he signed on to endorse before he was drafted, Mercy Ships. Ironically, last February Malcolm made the announcement in Washington, D.C. The same city he will play for.

"It will be a real big deal and I will be able to let the word out. Me and a few more players are going to let the word out," Malcolm said. "Let it be known what is really going on over (in Liberia). Bring it to the light and let people know what's going on over there."

Malcolm also did not forget the folks who cheered for him on Friday nights making a promise to continue to make each one of them proud.
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