Separated twins, parents meet BYU players

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The Brigham Young football team presented a "Y" flag and other gifts to formerly conjoined twins Kendra and Maliyah Herrin and their parents.

Jake Herrin told players and coaches Thursday that BYU's success last season helped relieve the stress of tending to his daughters' health.

The 5-year-old girls were 4 when they were surgically separated in August 2006. They were born conjoined at the mid-torso, sharing several organs, a pelvis and a pair of legs.

BYU players take time each week to recognize "Thursday's Heroes."

"We can help other people's lives through the way that we play and how we carry ourselves on and off the field," linebacker Kelly Poppinga said. "It's amazing to see how big of an effect we can have on somebody." ------ Information from: Deseret Morning News,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-10-26-07 1255MDT

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