"It is human nature to whine, complain and make excuses," Ekbatani said. "My mantra throughout this recovery is that someone else out there has it worse, and they probably aren’t complaining about it. If I can inspire people to strive for excellence and not make excuses, that would be it. That is the goal."Jacob Ruffman, "Former UCLA football player Nick Ekbatani sees injury as an opportunity to inspire," The Daily Bruin.