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What a Rookie should know--Football

A few NFL veterans gave me advice on physical and mental training. They told me, “You have to pay the price as a rookie. Every time you get a break, stay in and study your playbook—understand the differences between your past system and your new system. Plus stay out of trouble!”

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