‘I gotta be strong:’ Injury and fatherhood have changed the Panthers’ Elijah Hood

Ten months ago, a knee injury in Carolina’s last preseason game threatened to strip Elijah Hood of the chance to play for his hometown Panthers, propelling him into a period of pain and doubt. But three weeks after his surgery, his son Elisha was born. If the player needed added motivation to throw himself into his recovery, it was now sitting in his lap. (Charlotte Observer)

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