An Injured Athlete Goes For A Legal Touchdown

Kent Waldrep remembers everything going numb and the world around him shifting into slow motion. On Oct. 26, 1974, Waldrep, a Texas Christian University running back, took a pitch from the quarterback and charged toward the University of Alabama defensive line before 70,000 screaming football fans at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. A moment later, after a clean tackle, he fell to the turf and his neck snapped, paralyzing his entire body for life. "It was a feeling of such helplessness," he recalls. "I wanted to move my legs, but they wouldn't budge."

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