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This is a different kind of health story. Former NFL player David Vobora was picked last in his 2008 draft class, the 252nd position often called ‘Mr. Irrelevant.” But he worked hard and made his NFL dreams a reality, finding a place in the league. But a debilitating shoulder injury saw him flame out of the professional game. So he did what plenty of former pro athletes do: he started a gym and a career as a personal trainer. But something wasn’t resonating with the 30-year-old. He wanted a deeper connection that went beyond bulging veins and tight yoga pants. So he began working with wounded vets who had nowhere else to go and were often suffering from depression, drug addiction or both. This is a story of working hard to feel better–and not for the next NFL contract. Something definitely deeper there.


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