Chad Ford is/was one of my favorite people at ESPN.com. When he left full-time hoops-writing to pursue teaching and university research, I never heard the full story -- until now.
He was inspired, in large part, by Dikembe Mutombo -- Dikembe's injury and sudden retirement was an emotional moment for Chad. Read this and you'll understand why. (And probably feel a little worse about your own likely more superficial existence...)
All best to Dikembe to continue his amazing work -- and to Chad to continue his.