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TEDxBloomington -- Nolan Harrison III - "Childhood Dreams of Heroes, My Long and Winding Road"

Nolan Harrison III was a defensive lineman for the Raiders, Steelers and Redskins during a 10-year NFL career. Drafted in 2001 as an IU alum by the Raiders, he took over the Defensive End position from for Hall of Fame NFL Howie Long. In terms of missing the "game," Nolan recalled during a conversation with the NFL Players Association: I miss some things. My body might say something else but I miss some things. I miss going to that locker room, being on that bus and walking into the stadium-whether it was home or away-and everyone had a single purpose and mindset. I miss the crowds, the hits, all the contact and the competition. I miss that, I do. There is a lot of pain and sacrifice that go into getting into Sunday but when Sunday happens, all that stuff goes away. The pain goes away and it is just pure joy. I always tell people if I can have one moment, it's going out in the AFC Championship Game, having them announce my name and hearing the crowd go crazy for me. That is something that will always stay with me and it's a joy that will always be inside. That's all I can remember, I can see it now. If anyone can ever have that moment, you never want to let it go. I'll say that over and over. Currently, Nolan serves as a member of the NFL Players Association focusing on current labor relations. He previously served as Vice President in the Trust and Investment Management Division of First Midwest Bank.Nolan's presentation at TEDxBloomington focused on his personal connection with the idea of heroism beginning in his childhood, and he told a gripping tale of a personal act of heroism while an undergraduate at IU.About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBloomington, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBloomington event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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