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September 6, 2010
DeSoto's Borner flys with Eagles despite paralysis
DESOTO - Corey Borner is a senior DeSoto football player. No. 24 on the roster. Cornerback. He's been a leader working through August's record-setting, 100-degree heat wave. He has state championship hopes for the highly ranked Eagles.
He still can't walk yet, though.
"I'm going to," Borner said. "The doctors tell me to keep working, keep praying and see what happens."
It's easy to see why so many Eagles players stop by to fist-bump Borner on the sidelines of DeSoto's Ben Dial Stadium during a practice. Borner watches from his wheelchair at the same field where he had a life-threatening injury. He attends as many practices as he can _ usually missing because of conflicts with his rigorous rehabilitation schedule.
Borner was paralyzed making a tackle in a practice a little more than a year ago. He suffered a devastating, spinal cord injury that changed his life for himself, his family and friends. Once a promising athlete who had realistic dreams of playing college football, Borner has made a name for himself not as an athlete but as an inspiration.