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“Mr. Irrelevant” Of 2008 NFL Draft Is Anything But

We first introduced you to Adaptive Training Foundation founder David Vobora in 2015. He’s the former NFL linebacker nicknamed “Mr. Irrelevant” because he was the last player selected in the 2008 draft.

However, he’s anything but irrelevant these days. After a shoulder injury led to a pain pill addiction, and subsequently, rehab, Vobora started training elite athletes in a Dallas area gym.  Then he met a man who changed everything for him. P2P columnist Patti Putnicki wrote,

In 2014, Vobora met U.S Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, a quadruple amputee who lost his limbs, but not his desire to be “Army strong.” The two started working out together, customizing and adapting workouts to Mills’ unique challenges, without sacrificing their intensity or benefits.

After seeing the physical and mental results, Vobora developed a new passion—helping people with life-altering injuries get from where they’re left after basic functional rehab to where they want to be. The Adaptive Training Foundation was created to bridge that gap.

Vobora’s work has received national attention over the years. The latest? A segment on NBC Nightly News.

“They [The adaptive athletes] see themselves as broken, and what we’re trying to show them, that what is once broken can be revived with a new purpose,” Vobora told NBC Nightly News about what their mission is.

Here’s the full clip.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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