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Chris Norton on Courage in Sports

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Uploaded on Nov 14, 2011

Luther College's Chris Norton was named the winner of the 2011 America's Choice Honor for Courage in Sports, as announced on CBS' "The Early Show" Saturday morning. This video was part of "Courage in Sports," a one-hour CBS special that recognizes individuals who have overcome monumental challenges to achieve greatness in the world of sports.

The America's Choice Honor for Courage in Sports winner was determined through an eight-week Facebook voting competition (https://www.facebook.com/CourageInSports) that tallied nearly one million total votes.

On Oct. 16, 2010, Norton was making a routine tackle against Central College when he suffered a life-altering injury, sustaining a fractured neck and compressed spinal cord. After undergoing immediate surgery, he was given a three percent chance of regaining movement below the neck.

Norton's courage, resilience and optimism have helped defy those odds. After more than one year of extensive rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he is now able to feel movement throughout his entire body and recently stood unaided for three minutes (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kumwlU...). Norton is back on campus taking classes and continuing intense rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic and with therapists in Decorah, Iowa.

For more, visit www.facebook.com/CourageInSports.

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