Ryan Hoffman with a panhandling sign and his girlfriend Michelle Pettigrew, in background, at a busy intersection in Lakeland, Fla., Jan. 7, 2015. Hoffman, once a 287-pound starting left tackle for a top-ten ranked University of North Carolina football team, renowned for his toughness and durability, is now plagued with short-term memory problems and lives on the street, sometimes begging money from passing cars.
Ryan Hoffman with a panhandling sign and his girlfriend Michelle Pettigrew, in background, at a busy intersection in Lakeland, Fla., Jan. 7, 2015. Hoffman, once a 287-pound starting left tackle for a top-ten ranked University of North Carolina football team, renowned for his toughness and durability, is now plagued with short-term memory problems and lives on the street, sometimes begging money from passing cars. ANGEL FRANCO NYT
Ryan Hoffman with a panhandling sign and his girlfriend Michelle Pettigrew, in background, at a busy intersection in Lakeland, Fla., Jan. 7, 2015. Hoffman, once a 287-pound starting left tackle for a top-ten ranked University of North Carolina football team, renowned for his toughness and durability, is now plagued with short-term memory problems and lives on the street, sometimes begging money from passing cars. ANGEL FRANCO NYT

Former UNC football player Ryan Hoffman struggles on streets in Florida

March 05, 2015 12:46 PM

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