LostLettermen.com, the college sports fan site and player database, regularly contributes to Shutdown Corner. Here's a look at former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Mike Utley.
Most people would have given up on the idea of walking again if it had been nearly two decades since they had done it.
But almost 20 years since he was paralyzed on an NFL football field, it appears as if the resolve of former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Mike Utley hardens each day in pursuit of his dream: Walking off the field at the Lions' stadium, Ford Field.
That's because on Nov. 17, 1991 — a date that is forever etched in Utley's memory — a freak injury resulted in him breaking his neck and being carted off the field at the Pontiac Silverdome while he flashed a "thumbs up" sign to lets fans and teammates know he would be OK.
And so Utley, now 45, remains determined to walk off an NFL field one more time because, as he put it,Read More »from Mike Utley still giving thumbs up, 20 years after paralysis