February 13, 1990 |
"Your son will never walk again." Those words hit Nick Buoniconti harder than any blocker ever had in his seven years as linebacker for the Miami Dolphins. "I broke down and cried," said Buoniconti, recalling that tragic day, Oct. 26, 1985. "The first thing that went through my mind was, 'How am I going to tell my wife that our son is a quadriplegic?' " Marc Buoniconti, then 19 and a linebacker for The Citadel, dislocated his neck while making a tackle against East Tennessee State.