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I started playing football when I was 7

I started playing football when I was 7 years old. It took me 15 years to get to the Pro’s. I worked every single day to have a shot at my dream, of one day becoming an NFL ballplayer. Write down your goals, keep a journal of your daily successes, and want it so bad that you can taste the sweet victory.

Mike Utley played for the Detroit Lions until 1991 when he was paralyzed as a result of a play during a game. The mission of the Mike Utley Foundation is to financially support an effective function-restoring treatment for spinal cord injuries, to encourage through education that of adopting a rehabilitative lifestyle for the spinal cord injured and a public awareness of spinal cord injuries. For more information, please visit