GoFundMe launched in support of former CFL, NFL fullback Mike Sellers

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Jane Sellers has launched a GoFundMe campaign in support of her husband, former CFL and NFL fullback Mike Sellers.

In the description of her campaign, Jane wrote that Mike has been in and out of hospital for the past six months and received nine heart treatments with more to come. The couple lives in Florida where he currently serves as a high school football coach. They have three children, two of whom are teenagers and one of whom is a young adult.

The campaign has a goal of raising $100,000 as Jane has been forced to take a leave from her job as a paraprofessional. As of the publishing of this article, the campaign had raised close to $25,000.

“As his wife, I choose to be the one to take care and nurse him back to being the fun-loving, caring father, husband, brother, son, friend and coach,” wrote Jane. “I will dedicate my life to making sure my family continues to live a healthy life.”

The six-foot-three, 265-pound fullback signed his first professional contract at 19 when he joined the Edmonton Football Team in 1995, becoming one of the youngest players in CFL history. He played on both sides of the ball with the club, rushing for 133 yards and one touchdown, catching five passes for 57 yards, and making 50 defensive tackles, 24 special teams tackles, four sacks, and one interception.

The 48-year-old spent four seasons in the NFL as a member of the Washington Football Team and Cleveland Browns from 1998 to 2001 before returning to the CFL as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He quickly gained notoriety playing alongside Charles Roberts, forming a duo called ‘Thunder and Lightning.’ He recorded 804 rushing yards, 1,124 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns, and 33 special teams tackles with the Blue Bombers.

The native of Frankfurt, Germany returned to the NFL in 2004 and stuck, playing another eight seasons with Washington. He finished his NFL career following the 2011 season with 158 rushing yards, 1,095 receiving yards, and 21 touchdowns. He was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2008, over a decade after the start of his professional career.

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