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About five years after Tommy Christian left Northwestern University with a degree in mechanical engineering and found a well-paying job in the automotive industry in Detroit, he began doing some soul searching.
“I started thinking that my work — what I do all day — should not be about making money for some company but rather making an impact on kids’ lives,” Christian recalled.
He had played football at Northwestern and was a starter at inside linebacker under coach Gary Barnett in 1992. His older brother, Bob, who’d been a star at Northwestern, had gone on to play in the NFL.