Jim Weber runs LostLettermen.com, devoted to keeping tabs on former players and other bits of nostalgia. Today he tracks down Penn State’s Adam Taliaferro.
It's been 10 years since Penn State's Adam Taliaferro, in a split second, went from a prized football recruit to wondering if he would ever walk again.
Penn State was in garbage time of a 45-6 blowout loss at Ohio State that would drop the Nittany Lions to 1-4 on the 2000 season, giving the former New Jersey prep star a chance to see the field in just his fifth career game. It would be his last game. With 1:39 left, Taliaferro ducked his head to tackle Ohio State running back Jerry Westbrooks. Taliaferro's head slammed into Westbrooks’ knee, crushing Taliaferro's fifth cervical vertebrae.
"When I was laying there not able to move, I thought I had a stinger or a concussion," Taliaferro said. "I never had a stinger or a concussion before so I thought I had something like that. The thought of being paralyzed, even though I couldn'tRead More »from Finding Adam Taliaferro: 10 years later, devastating injury spawns professional passion