Auburn NFL Draft prospect Zakoby McClain’s first tackle? An escaping dog

AUBURN — A family folk legend is on Zakoby McClain’s mind as a dream accomplishment nears.

It’s been so long that it almost feels like a myth. But the legend is real.

After Auburn football’s pro day, the linebacker was asked if he feels overlooked because of his smaller size. “I’ve had to overcome that my whole life,” he shrugged. “I’m just a dog. A dog’s a dog.”

And McClain’s football career and long road to the 2022 NFL Draft started with a dog.

The breed of dog is a bit hazy. He remembers a chihuahua. “It wasn’t a chihuahua,” his older cousin, Khalil McClain, counters. About that size, he’ll describe, but faster and more agile. It was their Grandma Betty’s puppy, named Princess.

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