August 23, 2013 |
Former Eastern and Penn State star Adam Taliaferro talked to the Williamstown football team Wednesday morning. His message: Seize the moment. "You have a target on your back now," Taliaferro told the Williamstown players, the defending South Jersey Group 5 and West Jersey Football League American Division champions. Williamstown was 12-0 and won the first South Jersey title in the history of the program last season. The Braves finished No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings.
April 17, 2013 |
School is back in session for Matt Cruz, even if he won't be attending in person just yet. The 16-year-old Neshaminy High School sophomore, who remains paralyzed from the chest down following a bus crash in Boston in February, said at a news conference Monday that this week was going to be his first hitting the books again, as he continues recovering from his injuries at Magee Rehabilitation Center in Center City. Sitting next to his mother, Megan, who held his hand as he spoke, Cruz talked with reporters for the first time since the bus driving him and more than 40 others to Harvard University for a visit struck an overpass along a Boston road on Feb. 2, causing the roof to collapse.
December 17, 2012 |
Several years removed from his football days in South Jersey and at Lafayette College, Ed Carter rolls his wheelchair toward his pets' cage, opens the door, and plops one of his two ferrets atop his lap, gently nuzzling and kissing the one he calls Slinky. "These guys," he said, nodding at the cage that sits in a dining room that was converted into his bedroom, "have helped me get through a lot. " For Carter, 30, a man who barely escaped death four years ago, this holiday season is special.
July 25, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Monday's announcement of NCAA sanctions against the Penn State football program was met with bewilderment and anger by a large cross-section of current and former players. But nothing seemed to bewilder and anger former Nittany Lions more than the disclosure that all of Joe Paterno's 111 wins over a 14-year period from 1998 through 2011 were vacated, meaning they won't count in the NCAA record book. Adam Taliaferro, the South Jersey native who was almost paralyzed after being involved in a devastating hit in a 2000 game at Ohio State but made an inspiring recovery, couldn't control his disbelief on Twitter only a few hours after the NCAA delivered its penalties for the actions of university officials in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
May 6, 2012 |
Adam Taliaferro inspired Penn State students and alumni everywhere in 2000 after he was paralyzed in a football game against Ohio State and made a storybook recovery despite dire predictions. It appears many of those same fans once again have put their faith in Taliaferro, now 30 and a Cherry Hill lawyer, to help their alma mater in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse scandal still rocking the campus. Taliaferro was the top vote-getter among candidates for three open alumni seats on the Pennsylvania State University board of trustees in the most highly contested race in the school's history.
May 5, 2012 |
Penn State's board of trustees this afternoon announced the winners of the most highly contested race for three alumni seats on the board in the school's history. Adam Taliaferro, a Cherry Hill lawyer and former football player who was injured and made a storybook recovery, was the top vote getter. Anthony P. Lubrano, a wealthy donor from Glenmoore who waged an expensive advertising campaign, came in second. The third seat goes to Ryan J. McCombie, a former Navy SEAL captain.
May 2, 2012 |
For his initial question on his first of 18 stops through seven states with the Penn State coaches' caravan, new Nittany Lions football coach Bill O'Brien was asked, "What do you predict your record will be this season?" Talk about a somewhat offbeat opening Monday to the scheduled Q-and-A session at a Center City hotel with an audience made up almost entirely of Penn State alumni. But O'Brien resisted the temptation to roll his eyes and answered. "I talk all the time about us playing 12 one-game seasons," he said.
February 29, 2012 |
More than 80 Penn State alumni, from near and far and in a variety of prestigious professions, will compete for three open seats on the university's board of trustees in one of the most highly contested races ever at the school. Many candidates were on campus Wednesday when ballot positions were announced. To be eligible, candidates had to secure 50 alumni signatures. Voting online begins April 10 and closes on May 3, with winners to take their seats on the 32-member board by July 1. Lawyers, academics, executives, bankers, a U.S. judge and a Baltimore, Md. investigative TV reporter are among those seeking a seat in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
February 2, 2012 |
Eli Woodard is fast. He is not in a hurry. But everybody wants to rush The Next Big Thing. Everybody wants to know where Woodard is going to play college football. Will it be national champion Alabama? Ohio State? Notre Dame? Rutgers? Woodward enjoys all the attention. He also would like to finish his junior year in high school, and then maybe enjoy his senior year, too. "I know I'm only going to go through this once, so I'm trying to enjoy it," said Woodard, a junior at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees.
January 31, 2012 |
Adam Taliaferro only played a handful of games for Penn State before suffering a career-ending spinal injury in his freshman season, against Ohio State. Originally expected to be paralyzed for life, Taliaferro is moving freely, at a fast pace these days. He is an attorney and was elected in November to the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. And the former Inquirer South Jersey football player of the year from Eastern High, remains a staunch supporter of his college coach Joe Paterno.