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Nuggets: OT Winston Justice

Next up in our Nuggets series is offensive tackle Winston Justice, a 2009 member of* USA Today*'s All-Joe team, which honors the players whose work goes under the radar. A second-round pick in the 2006 draft (39th overall), Justice didn't emerge as a starter until last summer when he usurped Shawn Andrews at right tackle and never relinquished the job. The 6-6, 320-pounder was rewarded for his contributions on the field with a four-year contract extension that should keep him in Philadelphia through 2013.

  1. Justice was so consistent last season that he was the only member of the offensive line to start all 16 regular season games at the same position (17 games including the playoffs). Helping to protect the quarterback and pave way for running backs, Justice was a key cog in the offensive machine that produced the most points in franchise history. That's a long way to come for a player who, until last season, was most remembered for his only previous start in 2007 against the New York Giants, when he surrendered four sacks.
  1. What you might not know about Justice is that his protective instinct on the football field translates off the field as he is one of the most active Eagles in the community. During the off-season, Justice, along with safety Quintin Demps, traveled to Haiti to assist following the earthquake that ravaged the nation. "It's easy to write a check and donate money, which I did, but I wanted to go and provide physical help to their people," Justice said. And it doesn't stop there. He's also a board member for the Eagles Fly For Leukemia program, something he chose to do after attending the organization's annual Bert Bell banquet in 2009.
  1. After a prolific collegiate career at Southern California, Justice is anxious to get some hardware at the professional level, specifically a Super Bowl ring. In college, he won two national championships and blocked for three different Heisman trophy winners (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush). His connection to USC even comes into play when asked for his favorite offensive lineman of all time. "Tony Boselli," Justice said of the former Jacksonville Jaguar all-pro, who also attended USC. "He was so aggressive and such a technician. Every offensive lineman that does to S.C. want to be him. He gave me one great piece of advice 'Always set square and don't turn your shoulders.'"

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 3:30 p.m., July 13

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