My first year in the NFL, I found myself $30,000 in debt before I played my first snap. Then boom: before getting my first NFL paycheck, I’d already had my first surgery.
There I was, after my third back surgery, lying in a dark hotel room in a lot of pain. On the phone my agent told me, “The Eagles are going to release you.” I was out. Worse, I didn’t know if I was going to ever play football again.