It’s a spring evening in Michigan, and Cullen Finnerty heads out into the woods for a spot of solo fishing. But when his family arrive to collect him, the ex-footballer is nowhere to be seen. And even though Cullen is entirely capable of taking care of himself, as the hours pass his loved ones nonetheless begin to worry.
Cullen was born on August 18, 1982, in the Detroit suburb of Brighton. His father, Tim Sr., had played football in high school, so it was probably no surprise that Cullen and his two brothers would find themselves drawn to the sport. Cullen in particular began to shine on the field during his time at Brighton High School.
As a senior, in fact, Cullen was named the Livingston County Football Player of the Year. And that honor marked the start of what would be a successful sporting career. Indeed, by the time that Cullen left high school, he already had a handful of impressive accolades to his name. Then after graduation, he went first to the University of Toledo and subsequently attended Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.