Tag: Marc Buoniconti
Yes, Nick Buoniconti was a famous football player. He was a member of the Miami Dolphins’ “Perfect Season” and Super Bowl championship teams. He was known for playing middle linebacker with a passion, tracking down quarterbacks like a heat-seeking missile.
He was an integral part of the Dolphins’ glory years.
But as Buoniconti’s legacy is reassessed following his death on Tuesday, it’s pretty much unanimous that it’s what he did after he left the field — and a horrific family tragedy — that truly meant the most to so many South Floridians.
A Miami International Film Festival documentary details the unbreakable bond between NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti and his son, Marc, as they search for a cure for spinal cord injuries.
A horrific injury during a college football game left the son a quadriplegic at age 19, his future uncertain, his neck dislocated at the third and fourth cervical vertebrae. It gave the father, however, a new mission.
AN UNBREAKABLE BOND, a documentary by Emilio Estefan, Jr. The inspirational story of Marc A. Buoniconti
Marc Buoniconti knows first-hand the pain a spinal cord injury can cause. In 1985, as a linebacker for The Citadel, he suffered a cervical spine injury like Tulane’s Devon Walker did last weekend against Tulsa.
Buoniconti said he saw Walker’s injury and believes he can recover.
“I saw the play. His arms and legs did not go limp,” said Buoniconti, who was paralyzed from the shoulders down and spent the seven months after his injury on a respirator. “So I feel that if he has an incomplete injury that his chance of recovery can dramatically increase.”
The Vehicle Production Group presents first MV-1 to Marc Buoniconti, President of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
MISHAWAKA, Ind., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) is proud to announce the MV-1, the “First Mobility Vehicle” and only factory-built and assembled vehicle which meets or exceeds the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, rolled off AM General’s assembly line in Indiana today and was presented to Marc Buoniconti, President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.