My moment of truth happened in 2010 when I was injured towards the 2009 season with a hip fracture that required surgery. I was trying to come back in 2010 but there was a lock out and I was recovering from my fourth surgery. Prior to my hip surgery, I had three ACL surgeries on my left knee. It was a struggle returning to high level competition and at the age of 31 playing against younger athletes became more challenging considering the wear and tear of my body.
I played all 7 years of my NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After realizing the NFL wasn’t going to happen for the upcoming season, I tried out for the Canadian Football League. Being in Canada for a few weeks working out, I realized that my body wasn’t feeling the same and the injuries started to take a toll on me. It is not easy to just give up something you love, so I wasn’t listening to my body. My mind was telling me I can, but my body was telling me otherwise and that was when I realized my career was coming to the end.
I AM ORANGE ARROW
Hometown: Miami, Florida
High School: Miami North Western Senior High
Highlight: Star Running back, led Dade County in rushing, won state championship in 1998-99. Dade vs. Brown All-Star Game
College: University of Pittsburgh Sport(s): Football Highlight: Special teams captain 2000-2002, First team All-Big East, NFL draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers