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Travis Fulgham grew up a New England Patriots fan, in part because the only football he watched when he was young came when he was home visiting his dad in the winter and Patriots playoff games were on TV.

As the son of foreign diplomats, Fulgham, spent most of his youth living abroad in countries like Jordan, India, South Africa and Egypt.

He moved back to the United States permanently in the ninth grade, started playing football two years later, and on Saturday became a sixth-round pick of the Detroit Lions.

“Playing in the NFL was always my dream as soon as I started playing,” Fulgham said in a conference call with Detroit reporters. “I (didn’t think it was really possible until) after this year, after having a pretty good senior season and getting invited to the Senior Bowl and the combine.”

Fulgham had no scholarship offers coming out of Broad Run High in Ashburn, Va., only a walk-on opportunity at Old Dominion.

He redshirted as a freshman, played sparingly the next year, earned a starting spot in 2016 and blossomed last fall.

A second-team All-Conference USA selection, Fulgham had 63 catches last season for a team-high 1,083 yards. He led Conference USA in yards per catch (17.2) and projects as a potential deep threat for a Lions offense that returns starters Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones and added backups Danny Amendola and Tommylee Lewis in free agency.

“I feel like I’m a receiver who can definitely make some big plays for the team,” Fulgham, said. “I’m definitely a polished route runner. I can run any route on the route tree. I feel like I can definitely (move the chains) for any football team.”

Fulgham, 6 feet 2 and 215 pounds, grew up playing soccer and basketball abroad, and when he took to football he said he tried to emulate big receivers like Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson.

Now, he’s playing for Johnson’s old team, and with Johnson’s old quarterback.

“I definitely know Matthew Stafford is definitely a great quarterback who can definitely put up some numbers and definitely a good young core of receivers down there in Detroit,” he said. “I’m excited to join them.”

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