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Tag: Kenneth Jennings

Paralyzed ex-football player celebrates injury’s anniversary: ‘I was reborn on that day’

Published: January 1, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Kenneth JenningsKenneth Jennings doesn’t see why he shouldn’t celebrate the day he took his final steps and moved his arms for the last time.

He even has a term for it.

“I just celebrated my 27th re-birthday,” Jennings said.

On Oct. 8, 1988, Jennings, then a junior at Simeon High School, suffered a broken neck on the opening kickoff of a game against Corliss. The collision left him a quadriplegic. He faced a future unable to move anything from the neck down. And it wasn’t supposed to be a long future. At the time, doctors gave him only 10 years to live.

Jennings, though, never views that day as the worst in his life. Quite the contrary.

Paralysis doesn’t stop ex-football players from giving back

Published: December 18, 2009 | Spinal Cord Injury:

51146406Paralysis doesn’t stop former football athletes from raising money to make life a little easier for youngsters who suffer catastrophic spinal cord injuries

Only the start of a football game bothers Kenneth Jennings, who blows into a tube and turns his wheelchair away from the action. Once the kickoff’s over, his eyes are glued to the field.

It was while he was returning a kickoff for Simeon High as a lightning-quick junior in 1988 that he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury and lost all use of his extremities below the neck.

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