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Devard Darling

As One Foundation
Former Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Devard Darling is a retired NFL veteran wide receiver and represents the 18% of professional athletes living with sickle cell trait.  A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Darling was selected as the 82nd pick in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft making him one of the first Bahamian athletes to get drafted to the National Football League. Devard accomplished another boyhood dream shared by he and his late identical twin Devaughn Darling when the As One Foundation was founded in 2007. The As One mission is to educate and increase awareness of sickle cell trait while encouraging youth to achieve their dreams in the face of life’s challenges. As the spokesperson for the foundation, Darling is devoted to ensuring his brother's death was not in vain by sharing the importance of awareness of sickle cell trait. As a #TraitWarrior - a sickle cell trait carrier and an identical genetic match to his late brother, Darling is living proof that exertional sickling is preventable and should NEVER result in death.
Darling is an entrepreneur beginning his first business experience in 2010, while still an active player in the NFL, when he started Express Pick Up and Delivery Transportation Services. As a contracted carrier of FedEx, Express P&D takes pride in delivering the "Purple Promise" and revels in the opportunity to keep its customers happy! Currently Express P&D has 10 employees and 12 trucks in its fleet. In 2012 Devard officially retired and teamed up Altruvista Wealth, a wealth management firm in Houston Texas, to develop a specific financial planning process for pro athletes. In 2014 Darling dropped his financial licenses to seek opportunities in the self storage commercial realestate industry in the state of Washington.

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