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Jacob's Latter

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Photos by Sara Norris

Like many San Diegans, Jacob Bell was shocked when, on May 2, 2012, he learned legendary Chargers linebacker Junior Seau had taken his own life at his home in Oceanside. Six days later, after much introspection, Bell made a huge, life-altering decision, the most difficult one of his life.

He quit his job - as an offensive lineman in the National Football League .

"I was in Los Angeles with my friends, and it was just terrible news," says Bell, 34, now the owner of SOL CAL Café, a quick-service vegan restaurant in East Village (910 J...