Sunday, August 17, 2008

Link: Persevere

I just read an inspiring story about Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham's fight to earn a roster spot in the League. He dealt with going undrafted after four successful years at the University of Florida, an injury as a rookie free agent that forced him to take a settlement, multiple signings and releases from practice squads and financial hardship. His family was evicted from their apartment and they had to struggle to afford spaghetti. His wife is amazing. She supported him along the way and allowed him to pay for a gym membership so that he could stay in shape. Graham's story is less a sports story and more a story about a man who perserved and fought to be the man he is today. He deserves his three-year, $10.5 million contraction extension.

Now, how many athletes can you say that about?

Read "Ten Mil the Hard Way" by Justin Heckert to find out what I'm talking about.

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