Kevin Warren has worked hard to get to where he is today.
The inspiration to give his all, he says, comes in part from a near-death childhood experience.
The Phoenix-born lawyer and chief operating officer of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings recently told Adam Bryant of The New York Times about the serious accident he was in as a 12-year-old in Arizona — and what it taught him about life:
“I was riding my bike, and a lady in the neighbourhood accidentally ran up on the curb and hit me. I flew 30 feet, and landed on a little patch of grass and ended up breaking my femur. I was in traction for about six weeks in the hospital, and in a body cast for seven months after that.
“I was blessed at an early age that I recognised the frailty of life. The doctor told me I was lucky to be alive, and that if I had landed on the cement around that small patch of grass, they would be planning my funeral. So every day, I spend my time and energy trying to work hard and leave a positive legacy.”
Warren was named COO of the Vikings in February 2015. This year was his 18th season with the NFL — and 12th with the Minnesota Vikings.
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