Once-paralyzed Penn State football player continues to beat the odds

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(NNPA)—Adam Taliaferro, a former Penn State football player who overcame an injury which once paralyzed him, is running for a soon-to-be vacant seat in New Jersey.

Taliaferro, 29, is among seven candidates running for the seat of Gloucester County freeholder, a position equivalent to a city council member. The position is opening due to the retirement of current Freeholder Warren Wallace.

Adam Taliaferro

“As much as I will miss Dr. Wallace…I will welcome Adam with open arms,” Freeholder Heather Simmons told The Gloucester County Times. Taliaferro “is talented and intelligent and insightful, and he brings a focus on teamwork and perseverance, and a talent of working with people to accomplish tasks that others would think were impos­sible.”

In 2000, Taliaferro severely injured his spinal cord while making a tackle in a game versus Ohio State, which resulted in paralysis. He was given a minute chance to walk again, but after successful surgery to fuse his C-5 vertebrae, he ran out onto the field at the 2001 season opener against Miami.

His story inspired a book, “Miracle in the Making: The Adam Taliaferro Story.”

Taliaferro earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State in 2005 and received a law degree from Rutgers in 2008 according to The Altoona Mirror. He currently practices law in New Jersey.

(Reprinted from the Afro American)


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