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Countdown to the Big Game: Day 10

Kony Ealy's journey to the NFL was inspired by his sister, Cierra. Kony Ealy's journey to the NFL was inspired by his sister, Cierra.
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At number 10 on our Countdown to the Big Game, it is a former New Madrid County Central and Mizzou defensive lineman.

Kony Ealy was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers.

He earned all-rookie honors and this year has played a major role in a Carolina defense that has been one of the best in the NFL.

In May 2014, we talked to Ealy about his journey and how his sister Cierra inspired him.

For a full list of people from the Heartland with NFL ties, you can click here.

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