The Wolfpacker

January-February 2024

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 ■ 41 W H E R E A R E T H E Y N O W ? BY TIM PEELER obert Abraham knows how to handle the obstacles in his life in only one way: head-on. Like when he was a fairly scrawny, inexperienced high school linebacker at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School. A 150-pound junior, he spent 18 months going to the weight room six days a week to get bulky and strong enough to earn a scholarship for head coach Bo Rein's NC State defense. Like when he had to tackle Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers of South Carolina in a game in 1980. The collision between the two split Abraham's helmet right down the middle, facemask to crown. Like when he spent five seasons helping the Houston Oilers through the most difficult re- building process in franchise history, only to miss most of the 1987 season with a broken leg. Abra- ham became the team's biggest sideline proponent when it reached the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1980. Now, the decorated linebacker once known for his strength, physique and speed is facing the toughest obstacle of his life: learning to live as a double amputee using a wheel- chair to move from place to place. R INNER STRENGTH Former Wolfpack Linebacker Robert Abraham Tackles Health Difficulties With Fierce Determination Abraham's 407 career tackles rank fourth all-time at NC State behind Levar Fisher (492), Dantonio Burnette (476) and Damien Covington (457). PHOTO COURTESY NC STATE ATHLETICS ROBERT ABRAHAM

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