|Joe Pa was a titan on the football field, and a role model off it.|
The sound of the heart monitor beeped at a steady, indicating that Adam was stable at the moment. His mother and father stood over there son with concern in there eyes. The doctor stood off to the side, giving them a moment. After a minute the mother spoke aloud.
"How bad doctor?" She asked, almost sure of his answer.
"Well, luckily he recieved expert medical attention on the field, and the spinal fusion surgery at Ohio State's Medical Center was successful, so his life was saved. However, nearly his entire body was left paralyzed..."
"Is there anything you can do?" Adam's Father asked, holding his crying wife in his arms.
"I'm afraid not. We may be able to refer to you to better Doctor, but he most likely will never walk again..."
"Not one of my boys..." An male voice said.
Adam's parents and the doctor turned to find elderly man walking towards them. They all straighten up immediately.
"Hello Mr. Paterno." Adam's Father.
"Mr. and Mrs. Taliaferro, forgive me. You put your boy in my hands and I couldn't protect him... but I will not let this injury defeat him. Not as long as there is strength in these bones." Paterno replied.
Paterno walked up to Adam, who's eyes were closed. He rest his hand on Adam's arm.
"It'll be alright son. Everything's going to be okay." He said, reaching into his bag, pulling out a jersey. "I'll be waiting for you when you return wearing this jersey again son. Just make sure you do it fast enough that I'll be able to see, I'm not getting any younger."
Paterno laughed, before getting up and walking away.
"You're son can do it, he's one of the strongest people I have ever met. Send him where ever, he'll do it."
"I don't mean to be disrespectful, but you shouldn't get your hopes up Mr. Paterno..."
"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confindence is the key to all locks."
Paterno walked out the door, and a single tear rolled down Adam's face.
~Believe deep down in your heart that you are destined to do great things~
R.I.P. Joe Paterno....