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25 years to the day of Marc Buoniconti’s life changing accident, HBO's REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL debuts with A Remarkable Journey.
The Emmy-Winning Show REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL features a new segment, A Remarkable Journey.
On Oct. 26, 1985, Citadel linebacker Marc Buoniconti stopped East Tennessee’s Herman Jacobs short of first down on a crucial third-and-one. The collision left Buoniconti, son of former Miami Dolphins great Nick Buoniconti, paralyzed from the neck down.
Though he has spent the last 25 years in a wheelchair, Buoniconti has brought a “never give up” attitude to his role as President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s most comprehensive spinal research facility at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Meanwhile, the incident left Jacobs, at the time an NFL prospect, consumed by remorse and unable to return to football with the same passion. His life was in a downward spiral until he reunited with an unlikely friend.
In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration, correspondent Mary Carillo profiles both men 25 years after their life-changing collision, and shows how their friendship has endured tragedy. You won’t want to miss this show.
Watch a clip of the episode.