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August 14, 2011 12:00 AM

A PRICE TO PLAY | Southeast star Rutland fights for benefits

Hiawatha Rutland sat sobbing on a curb in Ames, Iowa. The dreams he had as a star running back at Southeast High had vanished. He felt alone and abandoned. In the third game of his senior year as a running back at Iowa State University, Rutland suffered a career-ending injury that left him with foot drop, a condition characterized by nerve damage and/or paralysis of the muscles in the anterior portion of the lower leg.

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