David Vobora, “Mr. Irrelevant”, a title that he earned in the 2008 NFL Draft when the St. Louis Rams selected him 252nd overall.
Vobora started his NFL linebacker career with the the St. Louis Rams and ended it with the Seattle Seahawks, but now he’s retired and doing something beyond football.
David Vobora is featured in a Starbucks series where he tells us that he was at one point addicted to pain killers from a shoulder injury that he suffered while playing… he went from addiction to starting a gym where he trained athletes to now is training vets.
In 2014, Vobora met Travis Mills, a former Army staff sergeant who is a quadruple amputee, something that happened to him in Afghanistan.
Vobora tells us that that Mills is “one of five living veteran quadruple amputees. He was blown up serving our great country in Afghanistan, stepped on an IED and lost all four limbs.”
When Vobora saw Mills, he was just drawn to him and he asked Mills, ‘When was the last time you worked out?’ and Mills said, “I’m sorry, but I don’t wanna make you feel like an idiot, but I don’t have any arms and legs.”
It’s a blessing that Vobora doesn’t just stop at that the obvious because from there he took Mills and trained him. He said that he asked Mills, “What are you most afraid of?” Mills said, “Remember no arms, no legs? Gravity wins, so falling.”
It was Travis Mills that give Vobora that idea… he said, “If Travis is in the position that he can’t go to a typical gym, ‘Wow, all of these people, veterans, civilians, those people with disabilities they’ve sort of been sidelined.'”
He’s helped a Marine that was addicted to illegal drugs after he was also blown up in the war. He lost his legs in 2011 and it just went from there until he met Vobora and is a college man and helping others workout and get stronger too.
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