On a hot August evening in Mesa, Arizona, a player wearing jersey #24 runs onto the football field. He is the starting middle linebacker for the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds. Underneath the pads and uniform, however, there is something different about this player; something that the crowd in the stands doesn’t realize. #24 is about to live his lifelong dream.
Lincoln Proctor is from St. John’s, Arizona, a small town near the New Mexico border. He played football in high school and then left the country to serve a 2-year mission for his church in Ecuador.
Upon his return, he worked for a company building custom iron fences. In 2006, he started his own business in the iron fence industry. As the economy turned, so did the business and he eventually closed up shop. …Read More »