The Philadelphia Eagles were honored recently at the Second Annual Adam Taliaferro Foundation Award Dinner with the AAA Award, "given to a business or organization that has, through its generosity and commitment, helped guide the foundation to achieve its goals."
Adam Taliaferro is a former football player from Penn State who, in a game against Ohio State in 2000, was paralyzed while making a tackle. After spinal-fusion surgery and the doctors telling his parents that he would never again be able to walk, Taliaferro overcame the odds and walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia three months later.
Now, Taliaferro is committed to his very own charity, The Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which provides emotional, financial and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries in sanctioned team events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware. It also provides financial and educational support-related research, prevention and care of such injuries.
The award, named after AAA because of its dedicated support and commitment to the foundation, continues a relationship between the Eagles and Taliaferro. The organization has been a longstanding sponsor of Taliaferro's foundation, including its annual Player of the Year contest and the Eagles will again sponsor the foundation's Player of the Year luncheon at Lincoln Financial Field in April.