23-year-old Chris Norton was on the football team at Luther College in northeastern Iowa four-and-a-half years ago. But he fractured two vertebrae while making a tackle and was paralyzed from the neck down.
His doctors said he only had about a 3% chance of regaining any movement. So he spent the next year doing intense physical therapy.
Dealing with all that AND going to college at the same time sounds just about impossible. But somehow Chris managed to stay in school, and graduated on Sunday.
And the crowd at his commencement gave him a standing ovation . . . when he WALKED across the stage to get his degree.