Back in 2002, it was a high school student, Ryen McPherson, who roped Rufus Hannah into infamy by having him perform in a series of Bumfights viral videos. Nearly a decade later, it is now Hannah’s turn to speak to high school students about his new book, A Bum Deal, and story of remarkable recovery.

During an appearance last week at Great Oaks High School in Temecula, the 56-year-old San Diego based Hannah proved that the Bumfights scars still run deep. He was joined at the all-day event by patron saint Barry Soper, the Rancho Santa Fe real estate mogul who employs Hannah as a property manager and has helped the once homeless man find his way to sobriety, a college degree, a new wife and baby.

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