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NFL Quarterback Jay Cutler to Help Families Affected by Diabetes by Joining Lilly's Inspired by Diabetes Campaign
Date:1/22/2009

dren that they can still succeed with diabetes. Through the Jay Cutler Foundation, established after the 2007 season, Cutler works to help charities and organizations that have a profound effect on helping people in need.

"Diabetes is the toughest opponent I've ever faced, but I wasn't going to let it slow down my career. And kids don't have to let it stop them from reaching for the dreams," Cutler said. "I'm honored to join the Inspired by Diabetes campaign to help people tell their stories of dealing with diabetes -- and help kids who need it. This is a great way to reach people affected by this condition, and I'm looking forward to connecting with more families dealing with the ups and downs of this lifelong challenge."

In 2008, his second full season as the Broncos' starting quarterback, Cutler had a breakout year and was named to his first Pro Bowl. His 4,526 passing yards led the American Football Conference (AFC) and were third in the NFL, and his 25 touchdown passes were third-best in the AFC. A first-round draft pick from Vanderbilt University, Cutler became the Broncos' starter late in the 2006 season and was the first NFL rookie to throw at least two touchdowns in each of his first three starts. In total, he threw at least one touchdown in each of his first eight NFL starts.

Cutler is a native of Santa Claus, Ind., about a three-hour drive south of Lilly's Indianapolis headquarters, and won an Indiana high school state championship just a few blocks from the Lilly labs where insulin was first produced for mass patient use more than 85 years ago.

"It's always inspiring to hear stories of people living successfully with diabetes - but Jay is re-writing the diabetes record books by performing at such a high level at one of the most challenging jobs in sports," said Matt Beebe, insulin brand team leader, Lilly USA. "We know Jay has already been an inspiration to countless people a
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