Pitre's perspective helps teammates

Originally Published: November 24, 2004
By Ted Miller | Special to ESPN.com

His mom's life was slipping away after a six-year battle with cancer. His disconsolate dad was out of work. His football season had been wrecked by a career-threatening neck injury.

It would be fair to say there was a lot on Michael Pitre's mind during his senior year of high school. Not that he had much time for introspection, considering that he worked 25 to 30 hours a week to help pay the bills at home.

He had experienced the jagged edges of life for much of his adolescence while ...

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