Last August, the Carolina Panthers' defensive tackle underwent surgery for a herniated disc before he had a chance to make the team as a rookie. Doctors ordered him not to sit down after the operation.
For a month.
His dad once put 17,000 kilometers (10,563 miles) on his Ford truck in one month, getting to his son's games. Linden started all four years at Calgary, and was drafted by the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2013, but there was another team interested: the Carolina Panthers.