Who is Michael Montgomery and what is his foundation doing to help kids?
I found Michael Montgomery helping young kids at the Boys and Girls Club in East Los Angeles, California. He spoke to the kids in a low key way but he had their respect and full attention. Michael is a former defensive end for the Green Bay Packers. He had a great career in high school and college. Michael stands at 6 feet 5 inches. He was in the NFL for 5 years and he retired in 2011. His position was that of a defensive end. In the NFL he had 123 tackles and 5 sacks. All of this is not an essay task when you opponents are some of the best athletes in the world. You have to dig down deep and do something that is almost impossible.
Michael was on his way to a great athletic future, setting his sights on nothing less than a career in the NFL when, during a football practice at Texas A&M, Michael’s “WPW” symptoms occurred and almost took his life. Thank God for the alert medical staff at A&M for identifying the condition’s symptoms and immediately rushing him to a hospital where he underwent a much needed heart surgery. After a successful procedure, Michael was able to return to the team and lead the “Fighting Aggies” to a winning season, was voted team captain, awarded 1st Team All-Big 12 honors, presented the Aggie Heart award by Governor Rick Perry, and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers.
Michael was truly a heartbeat away from destiny. After retiring from a successful athletic career Michael has continued to dedicate countless hours towards charity & community service as well as breaking ground to develop a foundation to promote awareness of heart disease, support for individuals & aspiring youth athletes with a heart condition, as well as facilitating access to heart screenings for communities across the country.
How can we help Michael Montgomery?
Share his story with your friends and learn what you can about “Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome (WPW).
Visit his website and do what you can to help him.