Florida recruit driven by personal loss

Updated: November 6, 2009, 11:40 AM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPN RISE Magazine

Editor's Note: This story appears in the November 2009 South Florida issue of ESPN RISE Magazine.

After making a big play in practice, Dwyer (West Palm Beach, Fla.) senior Matt Elam often tries to celebrate with a front flip. "Tries" being the key word, because Elam has never been able to complete one.

Senior tight end/linebacker Gerald Christian remembers Elam landing on his head during one attempt. On another, his helmet came off in the air and nailed him on the chin.

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