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LSU OT K.J. Malone almost left the program to become a U.S. Marshal

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K.J. Malone is a returning starter for LSU, but his interest in law enforcement almost led to the Tigers needing a new left tackle this season

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Malone almost gave up his senior season to become a U.S. Marshal. He told a group of people the news about his decision earlier this year.

“He didn’t want anybody else to know anything,” his dad, NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone, told the Advocate. “He had a select group of people that came over to hear his decision. He said, ‘I just want to finish what I started.’ ”

The younger Malone became interested in law enforcement after growing up in a family with a strong military history.

His decision to stay for his senior season was largely influenced by his mother, Kay.

“First off, don’t rush,” Kay told K.J. “Secondly, you start somewhere, you end there.”

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(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)

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