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Jets tight end Zach Sudfeld perseveres through setbacks that once threatened football career

The metal dogtag hangs around Zach Sudfeld's neck nearly everywhere he goes.It dangles under his pads when he's on the football field, and he takes it off only when he showers. It was a gift from his grandfather, and the Winston Churchill-inspired quote engraved on it epitomizes his journey from hard-luck youngster to tenacious New York Jets tight end:"Never, never, never give up."Sudfeld could have easily walked away from football a few times. Many people told him he should have.A broken leg and dislocated ankle in his senior season at Nevada appeared to abruptly end a college career marked by setbacks and six surgeries. He had nothing more to prove, they told him, and he'd been through enough adversity."I'm a football player," the 24-year-old Sudfeld said, his long, reddish-brown hair pulled back neatly behind his head. "I couldn't let it end that way."And, he didn't. Not even close.Sudfeld — nicknamed "Studfeld" by friends and teammates — is a 6-foot-7, 260-pound backup tight end wh...

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