Josh Irby

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Monday Motivation: Dewey Bozella

When Dewey Bozella was 23 years old, he was a promising amateur boxer. However, instead of going pro, he went to prison for a crime he did not commit. Four times during his imprisonment he could have admitted guilt and gained his freedom. Each time he refused. It cost him 19 extra years behind bars. The prison took his entire youth.

A few years ago, at the age of 50, Bozella’s conviction was overturned and he was released from prison. Two year’s later, he had his pro boxing debut against an opponent 20 years younger. He won.

Bozella recently spoke to the University of Alabama football team about his experience. I want to share it with you:

“I knew I had a choice, either lay down and die, or get up and do something about it.”

“Never, never, never let someone tell you what you can’t do. Never. Never.”

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