September 25, 2000 |
It looked like just another play in another Saturday football game that was nearing its conclusion. Adam Taliaferro, a freshman who always wanted to play for Penn State, came up from his cornerback spot to make a tackle on Ohio State's Jerry Westbrooks. Taliaferro leaned down to make contact. His head appeared to hit Westbrooks' knee. Taliaferro went down, but not like a player normally goes down. Immediately, it was clear something was horribly wrong. Taliaferro was moving his arms while laying flat.
October 1, 2000 |
The player who wasn't here was everywhere yesterday. Adam Taliaferro, the freshman defensive back from Voorhees, Camden County, who had suffered a severe spinal-cord injury in the previous Saturday's Penn State-Ohio State game, was in Philadelphia. After undergoing spinal-fusion surgery on Monday in Columbus, Ohio, Taliaferro had been transferred to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. From there, he will go to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. But although he was hundreds of miles away, Taliaferro's presence was almost tangible in State College.
July 14, 2000 |
Vince McAneney coached eight players who eventually made it to the NFL during his days as head coach at Pennsauken. Among the players McAneney coached was John Taylor, who caught the winning 10-yard touchdown pass from Joe Montana as San Francisco beat Cincinnati, 20-16, to win Super Bowl XXIII in 1989. McAneney, who retired as Pennsauken's coach four years ago, has seen his share of good players. After serving as head coach for New Jersey's team in last week's Governor's Bowl senior all-star game at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., McAneney said he came across a player who ranks among the best he has seen.
October 17, 2011 |
Adam Taliaferro no longer looks like the Penn State football player he once was. He's a couple dozen pounds lighter than his 190 playing weight as a freshman. The 29-year-old Woolwich Township resident - who was the homecoming grand marshal in State College, Pa., on Saturday - was a promising cornerback in September 2000. During his fifth career game for the Nittany Lions, against tough rival Ohio State, Taliaferro came up to make a tackle and his head snapped back. The resulting spinal-cord injury paralyzed him below the neck.
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.
February 7, 2003 |
American Bode Miller won his first major skiing title yesterday, taking the gold medal in the combined in another excellent showing by the United States at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. This was Miller's second medal in two races. He shared the silver with Hermann Maier of Austria in the opening super-giant slalom. Norwegians Lasse Kjus and Kjetil-Andre Aamodt won the silver and bronze in the combined, which includes downhill and slalom races. Miller won the silver in the combined at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
October 4, 2000 |
Penn State freshman Adam Taliaferro, who suffered a paralyzing spinal injury Sept. 23 at Ohio State, will likely be transferred to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Center City before the end of the week, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, according to Wayne Sebastianelli, the university's director of sports medicine. During a teleconference yesterday, Sebastianelli said Taliaferro likely will spend at least three months at Magee. "That's when the real work begins," he said. Sebastianelli also said the 18-year-old from Voorhees appears to be out of the early danger stage that often accompanies such an injury because he has been able to breathe under his own power since he was removed from a ventilator late last week.
October 26, 1998 |
Eastern High School football coach Larry Ginsburg had some concerns entering the season. First, his team was full of underclassmen. Quarterback Andrew Dawson was his only senior playing a skilled position. Secondly, his team was in one of the toughest conferences in the state, the Olympic American. Games against conference foes such as Cherokee, Washington Township, Triton, Lenape and Shawnee were sure to be challenging. Add in non-conference games against Pemberton and Overbrook and that would be enough to give any coach gray hairs.
November 17, 2004 |
Within a single day, the ups and downs of the recruiting game, the lifeblood of a college football program, collided at Penn State. There was joy on Monday night when Justin King brightened coach Joe Paterno's mood by announcing he had chosen Penn State over Michigan, Florida and Ohio State. King, a 6-foot, 183-pound defensive back and running back for Gateway High School in Pittsburgh, is ranked as the nation's top prospect in the nation at defensive back by Rivals.com, which also rates him the ninth-best overall prospect, calling King "a one of a kind athlete.
September 28, 2000 |
Penn State freshman cornerback Adam Taliaferro, who suffered a severe spinal-cord injury Saturday in a game at Ohio State, was transferred to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus last night. Taliaferro, 18, who had spinal fusion surgery Monday, was flown to Philadelphia in an ambulance-equipped plane. Penn State sports information director Jeff Nelson said Taliaferro was accompanied by his father, Andre, a registered nurse and two paramedics.