Darryl Perry attended the University of Florida on a full football scholarship where he blocked for NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith.
Darryl graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in 1990, and went on to train with the World Football League. Returning to his home city in 1994, Darryl worked first for Orlando Utilities Commission, and then dedicated his time to his ownership and operation of Elite Detailing. He sold the business in 1999 and began working as a financial advisor.
Darryl was also CEO of Wealth Management Advisors, a motivational speaker, and a regular speaker on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes circuit. Darryl received numerous honors and rewards over the years for his football athleticism, and for his dedication to the community. He was a board member of a number of charitable organizations, including Guardian Care Convalescent Center, which benefited from the annual Darryl Perry Golf Tournament.
On March 15, 2007 while asleep, Darryl suffered cardiac arrest. Despite administration of CPR by his wife and paramedics, Darryl remained brain dead and comatose for almost three weeks.
His prognosis was grim, with physicians recommending that his wife remove him from life support. However, the drive, determination and strong faith of Darryl brought this “Miracle Man” back from the dead. The man who physicians initially said was brain dead, and then subsequently said would never walk, talk, speak or know his friends and family.
Today, he stands stronger with the resolve to help others.