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Former NFL coach plays major part in turning homeless players life around (VIDEO)

A former NFL linebacker is on the road to recovery after living on the streets of Los Angeles, according to CBS 2 in California. For quite some time, Terry Tautolo lived in a tunnel beneath a Los Angeles freeway after the end of his NFL career. Tautolo began his football career in 1976, when he became a Rose Bowl champion while playing for UCLA. After being drafted in the NFL by Dick Vermeil, Tautolo went on to have an awesome 9 year NFL career, that was stopped short by concussions. While Tautolo will not admit concussions caused him to use drugs and be  homeless, many believe it was a factor.   

The NFL needs good news, and this story is about a coach, who ensured his player was safe, even if he had to put  money from his own pocket into getting Tautolo help.  Dick Vermeil went to the streets to find Tautolo and helped him get enrolled into P.A.S.T. a treatment center for addicts.  Tautolo is now changed and looks like a million dollars. 

This is what the NFL should be talking about.  A coach that never gave up on his players.

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