Every NFL player has a story.
Some include tragedy. Others include uphill battles to triumph.
Coy Wire’s story is one of personal reflection, heart, inspiration, strength and character.
“I’ve never cared whether I was a starter, whether I was a backup… I think that’s what has enabled me to be an asset to the teams I’ve been a part of,” Wire said in an interview with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.http://video.atlantafalcons.com/video/131583/131583_2009-07-28-081200.flv
Wire suffered a career-threatening neck injury in 2007. The linebacker, then with the Buffalo Bills, opted for a risky surgery. He fought through rehab and ended up on the Falcons roster during 2008 training camp.
By the end of the year he earned enough respect and regained enough skill to be named a team captain. He also started the team’s playoff game at outside linebacker.
Wyche and NFL.com will document Wire’s journey through this year’s training camp as he works to gain a roster spot and continue his career.
“Through football and the challenges it presents I’ve learned so much about the human mind, about faith, about belief and that we are all more powerful than we know,” Wire said.
“I’m humbled every morning when I wake up that I’m able to play this glorious game.”