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'I'm just glad I woke up'

Originally Published: November 24, 2004
By Chris Low | Special to ESPN.com

In the dog-eat-dog world of Southeastern Conference football, it's never just a game.

Championships are at stake. Pride. Money. Even jobs.

But a little more than a year ago, Tennessee backup center Chuck Prugh was fighting a battle that made touchdowns, first downs and key defensive stops seem about as insignificant as the morning dew on the hood of your car.

Prugh was fighting for his life as he lay in a hospital bed in the intensive care unit at UT Medical Center in Knoxville.

"No ...

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