The story goes on: After spending time with Michael Mauti, I could clearly see just how emphatic he was about giving everything in his football career despite 3 surgeries related to ulcerative colitis (a damaging chronic illness that can devastate the life of any normal person, much less a professional athlete) and a major loss of weight this last spring - only to regain his strength and stamina through a massive burst of positive action to push himself as hard as he could.
As he stated: "I've been through more than most 27 year olds in dealing with and overcoming adversity, and I know this road map like the back of my hand. I promise you, this is not rocket science. But it is a pass/fail test. You either achieve and overcome, or you don't. But either way, you live with the results".
Michael has been in the NFL for many years, but what could be considered a career ending knee surgery took him from a probable first found pick to a late pick. My point is that he never gave up and he never stopped striving to this very day. The most compelling thing to know about Michael is his ability to problem solve on a daily basis. I can say that the notes he took along his path were as uplifting as I have seen in a long time. His writing and speaking will be a force in the future, long after the pads come off. This is what you call effort, determination, and living life through enormous strides to move forward no matter what obstacles arise.
Congratulations, Michael! You did it like you said you would.