Alvie Shepherd was a former first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles. But when nerve damage in his pitching shoulder caused his baseball career to fizzle, he ballooned up to more than 300 pounds and developed a serious drug and alcohol problem. His daily cocktail of junk food, booze, uppers and chewing tobacco got so out of hand that on April 27, 2013, he had a brain aneurysm. Somehow, though, he lived through an experience that should have killed him (or at the very least, blinded or paralyzed him).
Read how such a medical emergency was exactly the wake-up call he needed to get his life together here.
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