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

UNC in contact with homeless former football player Ryan Hoffman

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