28 Nov '11, 12pm

A Green Football Giant Helps Kids Save the World

A Green Football Giant Helps Kids Save the World

On a cool fall weekend, Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli opened the passenger door and swung his tree trunk-sized leg out of his car, exposing his six-foot-two, 250-pound frame--a Paul Bunyanesque physique that’s bowled over bigger men. Ovie’s leg was encased in a massive black aluminum brace, a painful reminder of a season-ending knee injury against the Detroit Lions. He grimaced as he pulled himself to his feet while his two-year old daughter Olivia bounced in her car seat. A goal post-sized smile quickly crossed Ovie’s face as he grabbed his Atlanta Falcons cap and peered into a parking lot where a group of Emery University college students gathered to greet him. They’d been there for several hours collecting old batteries, books, bicycles, even prescription drugs, which they separated into piles on the pavement. “How’s everyone doing?,” he asked. His smile grew l...

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