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"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is the cliche often used by those who once sipped from a cup of swill only to rise and taste champagne.

Though not a direct quote in NFL All-Pro Karl Mecklenburg's new book Heart of a Student-Athlete: All Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families, it is the underlying theme between the covers of this wonderful new motivational manual.

Mecklenburg, who was once thought to be "too small, too slow and too stiff" to become a successful football player at any level, used his intelligence, his diligence, and his refusal to accept defeat in countless stops along the journey to becoming a top NFL linebacker.

Frequently referred to as the "most versatile player in the NFL" for his ability to play all of the front seven positions, Mecklenburg recaps the many hurdles he had to leap throughout his life en route to his famed NFL career.

He speaks candidly about being hazed by his early coaches and teammates and how life challenges helped him become the hard-nosed professional that earned six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances.

The former 12-year veteran of Denver Broncos fame has traveled the ...

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