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Stabbed punter still lives in fear

University of Northern Colorado punter Rafael Mendoza struggles to come to grips with an attempt on his life … perhaps by a teammate.

Updated: November 7, 2006, 9:56 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

GREELEY, Colo. -- Resting his armpits on his crutches, holding a plate of chicken and vegetables in the kitchen of his mother's suburban Denver home, Rafael Mendoza stood frozen.

This was the phone call he had been waiting for. This was the moment when life would begin the trip back to normal. Two nights earlier, the University of Northern Colorado junior punter was returning home from study hall when he was attacked outside his college apartment. A passerby scared the assailant away, ...

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