Positive attitude guides paralyzed alum after accident

first_img “One of my aunts … knew that I loved to rock climb and ate a lot of Cliff Bars,” he said. “She contacted [the company] and showed them my mountain project page, which is like Facebook for climbers. They liked what they saw and donated 66 pounds of Cliff Bars to the event.” After his Aug. 20 accident, Martinuzzi spent three weeks in a Biddeford, Maine hospital, where he got his respiratory functions back and did some simple occupational therapy (OT).  Support from family, friends and even people he has never met, has made the recovery process easier and helped him, he said. His family created a Facebook page called “Friends of Aaron Martinuzzi” and they also made a page on caringbridge.org, where family and friends can give updates about the status of a loved one going through a challenging health issue, according to the website.   “Everyone has been incredibly positive,” he said. “Every day I realize just how lucky I am.” Martinuzzi is mostly working on regaining the strength in his back and shoulders. One of his current goals is working to able to operate his wheel chair with a joystick. Currently he uses a “suck-n-blow” wheelchair, which moves the chair through either sucking or blowing air into a tube.  “Right now, I can see some significant gains, but I can’t predict what exactly will happen,” Martinuzzi said. “I just take it a day and a week at a time.” His ultimate goal is to be able to return to medical school at the University of New England, where he was working toward his doctorate of osteopathic medicine.  Since then, he’s moved to the University Hospital at the University of Michigan, where he is doing OT four to six times a day.  Some of his aunts have planned fundraisers to help cover some of the medical expenses. At their first event, a walk/run in October, a special donation was made in Martinuzzi’s honor. Martinuzzi said he is grateful for the support he has and the progress he’s making. He said his previous experience as an athlete has helped him keep a positive outlook on this while process. “I swam in high school and was an avid climber”, he said. “I was always working on improving my performance. Rehab is sort of the exact same process.” “I’ve always been someone that looks forward and doesn’t look back,” Martinuzzi said. “It’s nice to know that everyone else shares that attitude and can look forward to new goals.” Even though the recovery process is slow and tedious, Martinuzzi said he is confident in his abilities. He specifically wants to gain strength in his hands and shoulders because that will help him become more capable in all areas, he said.  “It’s been an exercise in patience,” he said.  After 2008 graduate Aaron Martinuzzi broke his neck diving into a pool in August, he was paralyzed from his shoulders down. He’s spent the past few months in rehabilitation trying to regain strength, but he looks at his life-changing spinal cord injury in a positive light. “Right now, due to the nature of my injury, I’m working toward really simple things,” Martinuzzi said. “I’m strong enough to use machines with really, really light weight. It’s not like I’m doing 30 pound bicep curls.”last_img read more

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Former ‘drug czar’ warns against marijuana use

first_imgThe former “drug czar” under President George W. Bush, John P. Walters, presented on the dangers of illicit drugs and potential solutions to a growing problem Thursday evening.Walters, the former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2001 to 2009, gave a presentation titled “Pot: Hot or Not? The Young, American Democracy, and the Drug Problem,” addressing the effects of marijuana and illicit drugs and their potential legalization.Sarah Olson | The Observer Walter, who now serves as executive vice president of the Hudson Institute, highlighted how the consumption of most illicit substances decreased during the years 2001-2007.He also discussed how drug use among teens is growing, citing a culture that has embraced marijuana and advertised it as a natural remedy.Walters stressed the importance of screening programs that accelerate the process of an addict realizing he or she has a problem.“The use of court-mandated treatment has helped get people the care they need,” Walters said.Walters presented statistics that showed the the criminal justice system is the largest reason people enter treatment.“It would be nice if people could be educated by family members or friends, but ultimately the single greatest source of intervention and treatment begins with the criminal justice system,” Walters said.Walters said he wanted the audience to know how pertinent it was to seek out the necessary resources to help a family member or friend who is potentially struggling with addiction.“In almost every case if [drug users] get themselves treatment, there’s always someone who has been a source of compulsion to do that,” Walters said. “Although this usually is initiated by the criminal justice system, friends and family can be a vital resource of help.”Walters warned against the potential dangers of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, citing evidence that claimed crime rates in Denver have increased dramatically since the installation of marijuana dispensaries in the state.“Denver is becoming the new Detroit,” Walters said in regards to the growing rate of crime in the city.When a student from the Denver area challenged this statement, Walters drew the crowd’s attention to a potential business owner’s point of view, and how marijuana legalization causes apprehension in an owner’s mind.“Who’s going to want to bring a business to a city or region where they can’t get a workforce that is sober?” Walters said.The Center for Ethics and Culture, Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies and Students for Child Oriented Policy sponsored the discussion.Tags: Drug Czar, marijuana, Students for a Child Oriented Policy, White House Office of National Drug Control Policylast_img read more

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How to orchestrate your attitude

first_imgHow do you measure success? Is it by financial security, career growth, community involvement, quality of relationships, spiritual centeredness or the legacy you leave? Whichever measure you choose, your attitude is the single most important factor in achieving success.“Your attitude is the single most important factor in achieving success.”The topic of attitude can be conceptual and confusing. In fact, as we go through life we often hear phrases like, “Keep your chin up,” “Look on the bright side,” or “You need a winning attitude.” Unfortunately, we seldom know how to convert these soft sayings into hard results.The great news is that even in the worst situations – a victim of a natural disaster, prisoner of war, target of abuse or when hit by a string of unfortunate circumstances – your attitude is something you can always control! continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How to go from farmhouse to fabulous Hamptons style

first_imgResort style pool? Tick that box. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS The family have made the most of the block to cram in activities.Ms Latimore was keen to achieve a classic look for the home, with plenty of living and entertainment areas for the family.“We added a barbecue area and one of the other things we did was we extended the main bedroom by using part of the balcony because it was a very long balcony area,” she said.Her favourite areas of the home are the barbecue area and also the kitchen.“I like that from the barbecue area you can see both yards and the tennis court,” she said.“We have had a lot of parties in that area.”She also enjoyed the finished of the clean and classic Hamptons style look of the black and white kitchen. Perfect for large family gatherings. Upmarket hotel styling in the master bedroom.This level also houses the main bedroom which has an ensuite and there is a private living room as part of the master suite.There are another three bedrooms on this level all of which are serviced by a second family bathroom.The home is airconditioned and has an alarm system. What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht? All the hard work has been done on this property already.The original farmhouse on this property has been transformed into a family fun house renovated in Hamptons style.It started life as the farm house of the Watercress Farm Estate, but 9 Watercress Place has been transformed.Owner Mika Murakami Latimore bought the house in 2011. Its previous owners had renovated it, but Ms Latimore decided to set out on a major renovation project in 2012 which took two years to complete.“We renovated it before moving in, so we didn’t move in until 2014,” Ms Latimore said.“I could have renovated it in an Australian contemporary way, but I chose to do a Hamptons style.” Queenslander and art collection up for grabs Perfect spot to spend an afternoon.The home is on a large 2545sq m block which has a full-size tennis court, swimming pool, spa and playground.The 18-month renovation project was designed by dm2 Architecture. The outdoor living and entertainment areas were designed by Boss Gardenscapes and was selected as a finalist in the Landscape Queensland Residential Construction Awards in 2016.The outdoor area includes a teppanyaki grill and pizza oven with all external living areas undercover.There is also an outdoor fireplace and ceiling fans, which make the area suitable for use year around.center_img FOLLOW COURIERMAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK Troy Cassar-Daley’s ready to let go Picture perfect in Brisbane.Inside the home on the ground level are two large bedrooms, both with built-in-robes. There is also a laundry on this level as well as a bathroom, study, a secondary kitchen and separate living areas.On the upper level is the open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area which leads out onto a deck through glass sliding doorsThere are double ovens in the kitchen, an induction cooktop and a walk-in Butler’s pantry.There are antique black granite benchtops and the white cabinets as well as a Calcutta Borgini marble island bench. This kitchen is classic Hamptons style. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The property has its own tennis court. Property ticks boxes for richest female CEOlast_img read more

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Rose M. “Maggie” Voegele

first_imgRose M. “Maggie” Voegele, age 88 of Batesville, died Monday, December 3, 2018 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Born April 2, 1930 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Rose (Nee: Lampe) and Jacob Telles.  She married Daniel Voegele Sr. November 25, 1954 at St. Louis Church and he preceded her in death June 19, 1981.  Maggie worked in housekeeping 30 years at the priest house for St. Louis Church before retiring in 2009.She is survived by daughters and son-in-laws Terri and Jeff Litmer, Marilyn and Scott Manlove, Susie and Mike Burkhart, all of Batesville; sons and daughter-in-law Dan and Dawn Voegele Jr. of Indianapolis, Pat Voegele of Batesville; sister Carolyn Robinson of Indianapolis; brothers Fran Telles of Batesville, Jim Telles of Cincinnati; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by five sisters, two brothers, granddaughter Rachel Wamsley and daughter-in-law Lynda Voegele.Visitation is Thursday, December 6th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 7th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to St. Louis School.last_img read more

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump delivers his third State of the Union address

first_imgTrump impeachment trial live updates: Closing arguments ahead of acquittal vote President Donald Trump is set to deliver his third official State of the Union address to the nation from the US Capitol, the night before the Senate is scheduled to give its verdict on his impeachment trial.last_img

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Khelo India Games: Shivangi picks her fifth gold & Assam move to sixth position overall

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Day XI of Khelo India Games turned out a good one for Assam as the host bagged 19 medals in six disciplines and moved to sixth place in the medal tally in 3rd Khelo India Youth Games. Among the 19 medals four are gold and five are silver.With today’s collection, Assam took their medal tally to 64 out of which 19 are gold, 19 silver and 26 bronze.Among the four gold medals one came in the swimming which was collected by swimmer Shivangi Sarma in the U-21 women 50m free style. She clocked 27.43 sec on way to win gold. It was the fifth gold medals for Assam’s swimmer in this edition of the Games and she took her overall individual medal tallies to seven. The swimmer, who bagged six medals in the recently concluded SAF Games, came out with another spectacular performance in Guwahati.Lawn Bowl gave two gold medals to Assam this evening. Both came in mixed pairs and mixed triples of the U-21 categories. In this discipline there were altogether ten numbers of medal events and Assam made podium finish in all the events. Among the 10 medals host collected 7 gold, 2 silver and one bronze.The other gold medal of the day came in Tennis which was won by Parikshit Somani and Sheikh Md. Iftikhar. The duo defeated Shashank Macherla and Sai Karteek Reddy of Telengana in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in the men’s U-21 category.Assam collected silver medals on Tuesday in three disciplines: boxing, U-17 boys football and badminton. Boxing altogether gave ten medals to the host on Tuesday and three of them are silver. Aikon Mili, Karmaveer Phogat and Pranta Jyoti won silver in the boxing. Mili participated in the U-17 girls while Karmaveer and Pranta Jyoti represented the State in U-17 boys categories.The bronze medals were won by Chandan Narzary, Sujuma Boro, Mary Moran, Sumitra Brahma, Imdad Hussain, Gaurav Majumdar and Tahil Uddin.In the badminton, Ankita Gogoi and Isha Rani Baruah won silver in the U-17 girls doubles event. Earlier Tonmoy Bikash Baruah and Navyaranjan Das ensured a bronze medal in the boys U-17 doubles.Assam also won two bronze medals in the swimming event through Milanton Dutta and Anubhuti Barua. Anubhuti won her medal in U-21 women 200mts butter fly with 2:37.56 timing. Milanton clocked 30.77sec to bag bronze in the U-21 breast stroke.Meanwhile Assam had to satisfy with a silver medal in the U-17 boys football after they lost the final to Mizoram by a solitary goal at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here today. The lone goal of the match was scored by M Lalpektluanga in the 37th minutes. Odisha bagged bronze medal defeating Punjab 3-2.Also Read: Assam’s Shivangi Sarma on a high after adding 5th gold to her kitty at Khelo India GamesAlso Watch: Tinsukia MLA Sanjay Kishan given a warm welcome on his return to his hometown.last_img read more

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NBBF Applauds FG Gesture Towards Injured D’Tigress Star

first_imgThe Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), has thanked the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Sunday Dare for his fatherly intervention towards sourcing funds for injured D’Tigress player, Nkem Akaraiwe.The federation described the $15,000 intervention by the Ministry as an early Christmas gift which is well appreciated by the players, her fans and also the federation.This is in addition to the $10,000 earlier received from Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa which was facilitated by the Sports Minister. Nkem who was a member of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup team that got to the quarter finals tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament while on national duty earlier this year at the Beach Games in Cape Verde and had found it difficult raising funds for the needed surgery.The NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida said the gesture is a timely intervention and an indication that the Federal Government is responsive to the plight of its athletes. This he said will continue to encourage more Nigerians to strive for glory while representing the nation.“We cannot thank the Minister enough for coming through for one of our top basketball players who got injured on national duty. We are really grateful and elated that finally Nkem can go for the surgery, recover on time and get back to the court.”With enough funds raised, the First Bank Women Basketball Club ‘s player is expected to go for surgery in Dubai.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Unimpressive so far, Big East teams prep for defining slate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The frustration is wearing on Cincinnati first-year head coach Butch Jones. After taking over a team with an 18-game regular season winning streak, his Bearcats have lost two of its first three games. The sacks are what frustrate Jones the most. He thought his defense had North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson sacked multiple times on second-and-long and third-and-long, only to see Wilson break out of the tackle and find a receiver downfield for a first down. On the other side of the ball, his quarterback, Zach Collaros, was sacked five times, increasing Cincinnati’s NCAA-leading total in sacks-allowed to 15 through three games. The same amount of sacks UC allowed in 13 games last season. ‘(It’s) very disappointing we didn’t play up to our potential,’ Jones said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘It’s the little things, too many small details.’ Cincinnati (1-2) has lost by double digits at Fresno State and North Carolina State, the two FBS opponents it has played. The Bearcats’ lone win came against FCS opponent Indiana State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For UC, it doesn’t get any easier, either — No. 8 Oklahoma is coming to Cincinnati this Saturday. A loss here, and, at 1-3, the Bearcats would have to catch fire to even qualify for a bowl. Fortunately for Cincinnati, it isn’t the only Big East team struggling out of the gate in 2010. The conference, one of six BCS conferences that receive automatic bids to BCS bowl games, is just 1-6 against the other five power conferences. The lone win came this past weekend, when West Virginia (3-0) defeated Maryland. The conference has lost all five road games against BCS teams, including Cincinnati’s loss last Thursday to the Wolfpack. ‘There are a lot of people in our program, from coaches to players, that are experiencing some different kinds of emotions that they haven’t felt in a long time,’ Jones said. ‘The only thing you can do is get back to work and keep working to get better, and not wavering in your belief. ‘(Oklahoma) is as good of a football team as I’ve seen on film, and it’s a great challenge for us.’ The conference’s early-season woes make this week’s slate of games even more important. Four Big East teams play against BCS teams from other conferences. If the conference is to gain any amount of national respect, this would be the week to make a statement. Otherwise, Big East conference play might not have many implications on the national scale. Pittsburgh (1-1) gets the first crack at helping the Big East’s stock on Thursday night, when Miami (Fla.) enters Heinz Field. The Panthers was the preseason coaches’ pick to win the Big East, but lost its first game of the season at Utah. ‘Our kids are excited about playing a team in the national spotlight like Miami,’ Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt said. ‘I think we’re still trying to figure out where we’re at as a football team this season. … This will be a great test to find out how much we’ve improved from Week 1.’ The other two games against BCS teams this weekend feature the only two undefeated teams in the conference, West Virginia and Rutgers. The Mountaineers travel to LSU, while the Scarlet Knights (2-0) welcome North Carolina to Piscataway. West Virginia’s win could be the one that grabs the most respect for the Big East. If the Mountaineers can come away with a win against an SEC school ranked in the top 15, it could put them in the national title picture. With just one more non-conference game against UNLV and then seven Big East games, the Mountaineers have to prove it is one of the best in the country this weekend. It’s something the seven opponents they’ll see in conference play haven’t proved. ‘This is a big week for notoriety (for the Big East),’ WVU coach Bill Stewart said. ‘And us winning some of these games will surely put a bright light on our league. And that’s what we want to do.’ But Cincinnati’s game against Oklahoma might be the toughest of all this weekend. The Sooners average about three sacks per game, led by senior defensive lineman Jeremy Beal, who has 2.5 sacks on the season. If the Bearcats can’t protect Collaros, it might equal a third consecutive loss to a FBS team. And it might have even more negative implications for the Big East’s national reputation. ‘It is a big week (for the conference), and all I can speak on is ourselves,’ Jones said. ‘We’re playing a great, great football program, a very storied football program that obviously has a lot of tradition.’ Big man on campus QB Geno Smith West Virginia Sophomore Last week: 19-for-29, 268 yards and four touchdowns Smith set the tone early against Maryland last Saturday, throwing for three touchdowns in the first half and one more early in the third quarter to give West Virginia a 28-0 lead. The four touchdown passes set a career high for the sophomore, who is turning heads in Morgantown and throughout the country. Mountaineer quarterbacks are normally known for their legs. The last two quarterbacks at the helm, Pat White and Jarrett Brown, were runners as much as they were passers. Brown threw for 2,144 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and ran for 452 yards. His passing game was secondary to Noel Devine’s running game. This year, Smith has already thrown for 800 yards and seven touchdowns in the first three games, good for first and second among Big East quarterbacks, respectively. He’s on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards. The last time a Mountaineer quarterback even threw for 3,000 yards was Marc Bulger in 1998. Smith will get his biggest test of the season thus far when he and West Virginia square off against LSU this Saturday. ‘He’s a cool customer,’ Stewart said. ‘He got to play against Auburn when Jarrett Brown got (hurt last year), and he got to play against Florida State in the Gator Bowl when (Brown) got knocked out again. So he’s been in big arenas.’ mcooperj@syr.edu Published on September 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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White’s story goes beyond play on field

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald PhotoThere are always those moments in life that put things in perspective.There’s been no better reminder of that than the recent catastrophes brought on by this year’s hurricane season. Hurricanes Katrina — and now Rita — have etched horrendous pictures into the minds of people around the nation.Even in the sports world, the effects can be felt. The New Orleans Saints, often a fringe playoff team with no big name stars (though Joe Horn can be outlandish at times), have become sentimental favorites every game. The Tulane athletic programs, much like their professional brethren, are receiving support wherever they go, even from opposing fans and coaches.It’s hard to live through these natural disasters, but it’s no easier when you’re on the outside, safe, waiting to hear from your family. That’s exactly what junior strong safety Johnny White has endured these past few weeks.Originally from Pearland, Texas, White’s home lies just a few miles from the Gulf coast between Houston and the Gulf of Mexico, directly in the path of Hurricane Rita.While Rita didn’t ravage the Houston area as horribly as was first predicted, White was left without any knowledge of the whereabouts of his parents, who were originally supposed to head to Madison to watch Saturday’s match-up with Michigan.But with flights out of Houston cancelled because of Rita, White’s parents, Johnny Sr. and Beverly, were forced to flee to Louisiana all the while trying, in vain, to reach their son. White finally heard from his parents early Saturday morning, lifting a huge weight off his shoulders.”It makes life different; you look at life a little differently when stuff like that happens. It means a little bit more to you,” White said Monday afternoon at the team’s weekly press conference.Not that the adversity was anything new for White — just another in a long line of unfortunate circumstances the junior has endured.While being recruited as a junior at Pearland High School, White was diagnosed with a heart condition — one serious enough that doctors concluded White would never be able to play football again.The diagnosis turned out to be false, but the damage had been done. White had already missed half of the football season because of the diagnosis and lost nearly all the scholarships he was receiving because of it.”[T]he main reason I came here is because Wisconsin was the only school that kept the offer there,” White said. “They kept telling me everything was going to be OK, and the other schools left.”[And] right before that, my dad went through some health problems so I’ve been dealing with that my whole career.”Things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for White since coming to UW either. After seeing action as a true freshman, White opened his sophomore campaign as the opening day starter. But by the third game, White was behind senior Robert Brooks, and was forced to wait his turn to regain the starting nod.This season, White again opened the year as the starter, but again lost the job, this time after missing some assignments against the vaunted Bowling Green passing attack.”Last year was a little more frustrating because I didn’t lose it on the field, I lost by not coming to the meeting on-time. It’s something I could’ve controlled,” White said. “And the way everything was happening [against Bowling Green], with the no huddle offense in your first start it can be kind of difficult. I missed some assignments, I wasn’t sound in my technique in some areas.”But admirably, White continues to endure. And did that endurance ever pay off Saturday as White forced a pair of turnovers, including a fourth quarter fumble that shifted the momentum in Wisconsin’s favor.”I was just trying to make a tackle, I guess some good luck finally came,” White said of the play.Listening to White discuss the ordeal, it’s hard to imagine being able to play a game even with the knowledge that your family was safe. As a man whose family is unendingly important to him, I can’t say I would’ve done the same thing. In fact, I probably would’ve been on the first plane, bus, car, riverboat, or whatever down to my family.White endeared himself to Badger fans across the nation for his part in what was one of the greatest wins in Camp Randall history against rival Michigan Saturday night. But Monday afternoon he endeared himself to a whole new group of fans who are awed, not by the way he tackles an opponent, but by his sheer resiliency. Count me as one of them.last_img read more

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