Mike Utley, Detroit Lions: Hero Defined

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Published: March 19, 2009


... life can be.

Mike Utley experienced that moment on Nov. 17, 1991 in a game against the LA Rams.  It was pretty much a routine play but while making a block, something he probably did a thousand times in his life while playing high school football and later with the Washington State Cougars, he injured his sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae.

We had moved out to Seattle by that time and I was horrified when what had happened to him was aired.  Not because he was a favorite football player or even a star.  A starting right offensive guard lives in anonymity.  As he was taken off the field, he gave the Silverdome crowd a thumbs up which, at the time, everyone took as a good sign that what had happened wasn't as bad as it looked.

As a result of his injury, Mike Utley is paralyzed from the chest down.  I'm sure that anyone reading this would certainly understand if Mike would have become bitter and angry at the world after his injury.&nb...

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