NFL Player Isaiah Kacyvenski
In 2007, NFL player Isaiah Kacyvenski shared his story of beating the odds with Oprah. Growing up in poverty, Isaiah knew that college and football would be his ticket out. By his senior year in high school, he was an honor student and captain of the football team, but tragedy soon struck. On the morning of a big playoff game, he awoke to the news that this mother had been struck and killed by a truck. Isaiah says he didn't want to sit at home "wallowing in sorrow," so he decided to play in the big game. He went on to play one of the best games of his life.