The below excerpts come from a USA Today article:
Chris Norton, a sophomore football player at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) who suffered a catrostrophic injury in a game last year, received the 2011 CBS America's Choice Honor for "Courage in Sports" Sunday.
After suffering the injury, Norton was taken to the Mayo Clinic, where he says he has felt an amazing outpouring of love from those who worked around him. "Mayo has been unbelievable," said Norton. "The support they have given us, and the relationships I've been able to build with the therapists, doctors and nurses has been great. They're professionals, but they are also great friends."
To read the rest of the USA Today article, click here. The announcement came on CBS' The Early Show, where Chris and his family were interviewed and spoke of his remarkable recovery. Sports Illustrated also ran an article on Chris here.
Watch the Courage in Sports clip on Chris below.
Terry Norton, father of Chris Norton, spoke of his son's experience at a Mayo Clinic all staff meeting in October, 2011. In this inspirational message, Terry emphasized the hope that Mayo Clinic gave to Chris and his family.
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