Mike Vorel, ND Insider | September 1, 2015
A survivor walked into Starbucks on the corner of Waukegan Road in Lake Forest, Ill., a few minutes after 11 a.m., on Aug. 14, a sunny Friday, and made a beeline for the front counter and his first cold brew coffee of the day.
He sat down at a table nestled in the back — a gray Lake Forest football hat pulled low over his bald head — and smiled.
Tom Zbikowski’s eyes were clear.
His perspective, too, was distinct — shaped by 22 years of competitive football, by nearly 100 amateur boxing matches, by countless Saturdays in South Bend and Sunday afternoons in Baltimore.
By alcoholism and rehabilitation. By redemption. By family and faith.