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Former Eagles player is back on his feet after once being told he’d never walk again


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After once being told he’d never be able to walk again, former Philadelphia Eagles running back Jerome Harrison is back on his feet. Harrison shared an inspirational update via his Twitter account.

As you may recall, the tumor referenced by Harrison here was discovered when the Eagles tried to acquire him in a trade with the Detroit Lions back in 2011. The trade proposal forced Harrison to get a physical. It was then that doctors discovered the tumor in his brain, which voided the trade and ended Harrison’s playing career.

Prior to signing with the Lions in 2011, Harrison had spent an eight-game stint in Philly in 2010. The Eagles originally acquired him when they traded Mike Bell to the Browns. Harrison had 40 attempts for 239 yards and one touchdown. His best game in midnight green took place during the Monday Night Massacre against the Washington Redskins when he had 11 carries for 109 yards and one score.

The most amazing game of Harrison’s entire career is when he rushed for a Browns franchise-record of 286 rushing yards in a single game in 2009. Pretty crazy.

Harrison’s professional accomplishments pale in comparison to the incredible physical recovery he was able to make. He’s an inspiration, and as such, he recently shared a positive message with us all.

“For the rest of your life, you will have people telling you what you can and cannot do. And that’s off of their own personal experience. Nobody can determine what you do but yourself. And what I’ve realized in my life is your attitude controls everything. I was told I’d never walk again. I would live the rest of my life in a wheelchair. And I’m here standing up in front of you today. Doctors can measure a lot of things. Doctors can measure your blood type, how many white blood cells, red blood cells. But there’s no tool in America that can measure a man or a woman’s will to live, will to keep going to survive, pushing themselves to the limits only God can take you to. So I encourage you all to push yourselves to change whatever bad situation you may be in.”

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