Ricky Sapp's road to the New York Jets has been paved with*perseverance and dedication. In a career that started out with certainty of NFL fame and fortune, Sapp, a former track star, would have to hurdle obstacles of adversity just to continue living out his dream.

"People really don't have any idea what it's been like. It's been tough. I was down and out," he said.

Following a hellish three-year introduction to the National Football League, which included seeing his stock slip from potential first-round pick to fifth-round after thought, a grueling rehabilitation with his right ACL and having his heart questioned,...

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