Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has faced monstrous defensive linemen and skilled pass defenders, gone through disappointing seasons, and traversed the inevitable NFL churn through two different teams and a revolving cast of characters.
So, with all that said, it's a safe bet that Cutler was never going to let Type 1 Diabetes get in the way of his dreams. And he's become a role model for kids living with that same condition.
"It's hard enough as a kid these days to feel normal and just try to fit in." Cutler told Yahoo! Sports. "To be a diabetic is just a dramatic thing to go through."
Cutler, selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos, actually played two years in the NFL, his entire college career at Vanderbilt, and his time at Heritage Hills High School in Indiana without knowing that he was diabetic - he was diagnosed before the 2008 NFL season.
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