Deland McCullough, a former NFL player was given up for adoption at birth in 1973. He found his birth mother in 2017. She told him the name of his father, who turned out to be his college coach and mentor throughout his adult life.
Former NFL player James Brooks was found to be illiterate when he was unable to read court documents after admitting to not paying over $100,000 in child support. When the judge asked how he graduated from Auburn without being able to read, he said, "Didn't have to go to to class."
Someone stole Jim Thorpe's shoes just before he competed in the Olympic decathlon. Wearing mismatched shoes (one from the garbage), he went on to win the gold medal, setting a record that stood for almost 20 years.
Junior Seau, Hall of Fame NFL linebacker, killed himself by shooting himself in the chest as opposed to the head so that scientists could research his brain. The National Institute of Health later confirmed his depression symptoms were caused by Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor would hire prostitutes and send them to his opponents' hotel rooms the night before a game to try to tire them out.
Jerry Rice (one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history) started playing football in his sophomore year of high school after his principal caught him skipping class. The principal noted how fast Rice sprinted away from him, which led him to recommend Rice to the football coach.
Terrell Owens is the only NFL player to score a touchdown against all 32 NFL teams (actually he has scored at least 2 touchdowns against each team).
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NFL player Tyrann Mathieu filmed a PSA on the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car. It was 90 degrees outside and Tyrann gave up after 8 minutes when the inside temperature reached 120 degrees.
Dallas Cowboys Receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin once stabbed a teammate in the neck with scissors for not getting out of "his" chair.