At the height of his pro career, Betters began a charity designed to help needy residents of rural Montana, his native and resident state. In particular, his charity was implemented to assist with pediatric medical costs that are not covered by insurance. To date, the charity has raised and distributed in excess of $2 million dollars to thousands of youngsters and their families. As a result, Betters is a well-known and well-respected member of the tight-knit Montana community.
Several years after retirement, Betters broke his back in a skiing accident. He suffered severe spinal cord damage and is paralyzed from the waist down with minimal use of one hand. Betters battled back from this devastating injury with the same determination that made him an elite athlete. Today, in spite of his physical limitations, Betters is a pro fishing guide, a licensed pilot, and continues his plentiful charitable work. His attitude in life is the same as it was in football: “… you just play every play like it’s your last play and you have nothing to lose.” Play like this; live like this; and you’ll always be a winner.
From October 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com