August 30, 2011 |
Adam Taliaferro, the former Penn State football player whose recovery from a paralyzing tackle gripped the nation, has been chosen to replace retiring Gloucester County Freeholder William Wallace on the Democratic ticket in November, according to party officials. "He is an energetic and grounded individual. He has a very compelling story, and he is ready to give back to the community that supported him," Robert Damminger, the county freeholder director and a fellow Democrat, said Tuesday.
September 30, 2000 |
Hundreds of Penn State faculty, students, staff and fans attended a rally yesterday in State College, Pa., for partially paralyzed football player Adam Taliaferro. Taliaferro, a freshman defensive back from Eastern High in Voorhees, Camden County, has been unable to move his fingers or his legs since he injured his spine making a tackle last week at Ohio State. He had spinal-fusion surgery Monday and was transferred from Ohio to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
January 30, 2015 |
CHANDLER, Ariz. - When the New England Patriots drafted Logan Ryan in April 2013, the Eastern High School graduate sent a text message to another alumnus: Adam Taliaferro. "Hey, man, I'm playing for you," Ryan wrote, according to Taliaferro. Taliaferro starred for Eastern in the late 1990s. He went to Penn State, where he played as a freshman for Joe Paterno. On Sept. 23, 2000, Taliaferro suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Doctors gave him a 3 percent chance to walk again.
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.
September 26, 2000 |
For all the accolades he achieved during his football career at Eastern Regional High School, Adam Taliaferro received even more plaudits yesterday for his character off the field. "Whether he plays another day or minute of football again, that won't change what kind of a man he is," said Donald Jones, Taliaferro's freshman high school coach. Taliaferro, a freshman cornerback at Pennsylvania State University who was The Inquirer's all-area football player of the year last season, was seriously injured Saturday when his head hit the knee of an Ohio State player he was tackling.
December 16, 2000 |
At Eastern High, Adam Taliaferro left an indelible impression before graduating last June. And not just because he scored 62 career touchdowns or because he was also an outstanding basketball player. You see, in addition to being perhaps the best athlete in the Camden County school's history, the always-smiling Taliaferro had an effervescent-but-oh-so-humble personality that made him so endearing and so well-liked. Yesterday, for the first time since a frightening Sept. 23 football collision left the Penn State freshman cornerback partially paralyzed, Taliaferro returned to Eastern in a wheelchair.
November 2, 2000 |
Adam Taliaferro, smiling broadly while seated in his motorized wheelchair, raised both of his arms and greeted everyone with a wave. Biting back tears, Andre Taliaferro, Adam's father, watched his son and insisted that this story would have a happy ending. Less than six weeks after suffering a severe spinal injury while playing for Penn State in a game at Ohio State on Sept. 23, Adam Taliaferro, an 18-year-old freshman from Voorhees, Camden County, spoke publicly about his condition for the first time yesterday.
September 27, 2000 |
Their voices strained by sorrow, Penn State coach Joe Paterno and some of his football players said yesterday that the condition of severely injured freshman Adam Taliaferro had left the struggling Nittany Lions emotionally devastated as they tried to prepare for Saturday's Big Ten Conference game against Purdue at Beaver Stadium. Meanwhile, Wayne Sebastianelli, the university's director of athletic medicine, provided the first details of the cervical spinal-cord injury suffered by the 18-year-old cornerback from Eastern High in Voorhees, Camden County, late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 45-6 loss at Ohio State.
August 30, 2001 |
Throughout the painful hours of rehabilitation, hours that stretched into weeks and months and tested his resolve more than any football game in which he had played, Adam Taliaferro imagined what a night that seemed far into the future might be like. At night during his three-month stay at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, where he worked diligently to overcome a spinal injury that left him temporarily paralyzed, Taliaferro would close his eyes and envision the emotion that would fill his heart if he could only get well enough to lead Penn State onto the field at Beaver Stadium for the 2001 season opener.
January 6, 2001 |
A little more than three months after a football injury left him partially paralyzed, Penn State freshman cornerback Adam Taliaferro walked out of the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital on crutches late yesterday morning. In a scene right out of a movie, Taliaferro smiled as two dozen cameras documented each step, and friends, relatives, hospital personnel and strangers applauded. About 40 people, including hospital workers, stood on a balcony at the Center City rehabilitation facility, cheering and whistling.