Nathaniel Little returns to Standridge Stadium, where 14 years ago, during his junior year at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, he suffered a catastrophic injury while tackling a fullback on the football field.

“I chased him down and grabbed ahold of him and we both kind of just fell and that play I just didn’t get up,” Little recalls.

The injury left Little paralyzed from the neck down. But also determined to not let what he calls a “freak accident” define his life.

“I didn’t want to let my injury affect who I was or what I wanted to do,” said Little.

He didn’t.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Little graduated the next year and went on to earn a college degree in Strategic Communications. Along the way, his sister introduced him to another form of expression – poetry.

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