SANTA CLARA – Laurie Otten received the text from her son a day before the Senior Bowl: "I think I'm going to die from this." Nineteen days later, Ryan Otten is very much alive. But the message he sent that night as he lay in a Mobile, Ala., hotel room wasn't much of an exaggeration. Otten, who starred at Del Oro High School and San Jose State, went to the Senior Bowl intent on making his mark as one of the most versatile tight ends in the upcoming NFL draft. Instead, he showcased his resolve by not only dealing with a raging staph infection – and a grotesque middle finger – but not missing any snaps throughout the week.
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