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TEDxSaintGeorgesSchool - Mike Utley - Go into Battle Prepared to Win

In 1984, Mike earned a scholarship to play football for Washington State University, where he would become only the second player in WSU history to earn consensus First Team All-American honors. In 1989, he was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions and became the starting right guard in his rookie year. On November 17, 1991 while playing against the Los Angeles Rams, Mike fractured his 6th and 7th cervical vertebrae and was instantly paralyzed. The Mike Utley Foundation was created in 1992 to provide financial support towards research, rehabilitation and education for spinal cord injuries. Mike and the Utley Foundation are dedicated to providing motivational and emotional support to individuals and their families who have suffered these devastating injuries. Mike has been an inspiration to many in his efforts to find the cure for paralysis. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including: The Walter Camp Man of the Year Award, Ed Block Courage Award, The Shoemaker Award, and The Gene Autry Courage Award. Mike's courageous life story was recently chronicled on OLN's Emmy nominated series "Fearless." His ultimate goal is to walk off Ford Field in Detroit since he was not able to do so on that November day of the injury. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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