Ryan Hoffman with a panhandling sign that reads “Trying 2 get back on my feet, God bless” 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, died Nov. 16 after struggling with addiction and memory problems and living on the streets.
Ryan Hoffman with a panhandling sign that reads “Trying 2 get back on my feet, God bless” 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, died Nov. 16 after struggling with addiction and memory problems and living on the streets. ANGEL FRANCO NYT
Ryan Hoffman with a panhandling sign that reads “Trying 2 get back on my feet, God bless” 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, died Nov. 16 after struggling with addiction and memory problems and living on the streets. ANGEL FRANCO NYT

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