Ever feel lazy? I know I do on a regular basis. While perusing through my regular feeds and social media, I came across something profound that made me want to get up and do pushups until I couldn’t move.
For some odd reason, I remembered the name David Vobora as 2008’s “Mr. Irrelevant” (the guy picked last in the draft), probably because that’s when I started watching college football religiously. I had always been a closet Vandals fan because they won me some money on the Sportsbook and let’s be honest, the Kibbie Dome is a work of modern art.
What David Vobora has done is hardly irrelevant. The guy made the final roster and started. Very few people can actually say they made it to collegiate sports in any level, let alone the best football league in the world. After retiring, Vobora opened up a gym to train athletes and Special Forces in Dallas, Texas.
The guy has been through some shit. Football is a tough game and it definitely takes its toll mentally and physically. You can tell he levels with those in his gym on a spiritual level. What Vobora did after retiring is arguably even more important than his work in the NFL, though. In September 2014, he founded and opened Adaptive Training Foundation, a non-profit that specializes in rehabilitation and a place to work out for disabled veterans. It became his passion as he offers free personalized training for injured veterans.
From their website:
“ATF now offers REDEFINE, a 9-week intensive training program to Restore, Recalibrate, and Redeploy these athletes to inspire others in achieving what many would view as impossible.
In addition to the REDEFINE, ATF has also introduced the REIGNITE program to train adaptive athletes at the elite level. Through REIGNITE adaptive athletes now have a dedicated performance training environment to advance themselves in the Paralympic pipeline, or in the realm of elite endurance competition (IronMan).”
It is great to see someone give back to the community and to a population that unfortunately gets overlooked. Adjusting back to civilian life, especially after being wounded is often difficult. Seeing someone live out their passion is inspiring and after watching the video, it makes me want to run through a wall. Keep up what you’re doing, David. You’re doing the country and your fellow American a world class service..
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