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For Towson football player Gavin Class, near-death experience merely a 'speed bump'
For Towson football player Gavin Class, near-death experience merely a 'speed bump'

Lift. Oomph. Thump. Lift. Oomph. Thump. Time and again, Gavin Class flips a 500-pound tractor tire around a Cockeysville fitness center. Next, he hoists a 20-pound medicine ball over his head and slams it to the ground 20 times. Finally, Class rams his shoulder into a conditioning sled weighing 165 pounds and drives it 30 yards. In a sprint. Impressive feats, all — and more so considering that 15 months ago Class was unable to walk, talk or raise his arms even to brush his teeth. In August 2013, the Towson junior collapsed of heatstroke during a Tigers football practice. His body temperature soared to more than 108 degrees. His organs shut down. He lost consciousness. His heart...

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