Dr James Perdue became a quadriplegic during a pickup football game during his first 2 weeks of college. Since then he has accomplished great things.
I interviewed him for Journey To Success Radio.
James was a normal 19 year old with expectation of playing professional
baseball. He attended Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee on a
baseball scholarship. With the attitude of being invincible, he was in college
for two weeks and played one college game in the fall. Then unexpected tragedy
came a calling.
On September 11, 1983, James became a quadriplegic from playing a pickup football game. The doctor said, “James, I’m sorry. You’ll never walk again and you might be paralyzed from your neck down.” Later, the doctor advised his family to put him in a nursing home. His accomplishments are evidence of the results:
• Author of “One More Play” and “Persevere Past your Paralysis.”
• Profiled in the Storytelling Magazine The Hero’s Journey, ABC, CBS, Fox News, and NBC, Sport Spectrum Ministries Radio and other media.
• Honored as Top Teacher of the Week by Fox News 2005 and Teacher of the Year 2002.
• Coach of the Year 2006 and 2000; winning a state championship.
• Received Jo Andrews Award 1995 and Dr. Hal R. Rammer Award 1991 both for overcoming adversity.
• Earned a Doctorate Degree from Tennessee State University 2011.
• Contributor to 17 Biblical Principles of Success.
In the journey of life, there is one common denominator we all share. We will be tested with trials and tribulations during our lifetime. Facing challenges can be overwhelming at times, but if we prepare ourselves emotionally, mentally and spiritually we can prevail over our difficulties.
Persevere Past your Paralysis has been created as a tool to assist you in overcoming adversities. After winning a battle in life, you will stand tall and strong when encountering the next hardship. The five principles in this book provide an educational roadmap that will encourage the down and out people to take the necessary steps to be triumphant.
At age sixteen, James Perdue grew-up fast when his father died. He played baseball in high school and received a college scholarship. Concerned about his mother and brothers, he hoped his athletic talent would lead to a financially successful professional baseball career.
Then, one day, while playing a pick-up football game, James was seriously injured and diagnosed a quadriplegic. He asked the doctor, "How bad is it" The doctor responded, "Bad enough. You'll never walk again and possibly not move from the neck down" Thankfully, God placed James within a family that didn't accept such advice.
After years of hard work, fortitude, and perseverance, he was able to return to college. After completing his bachelor's degree, it took him three years to land a teaching contract.
Prospective employers saw the wheelchair not the applicant. As an educator, James received teaching and coaching awards. Confident, he decided to return to college. After completing his doctoral degree in May 2011, James became a motivational speaker encouraging other people to triumph over tragedies.
He knows all of this would not have been possible without God in his life, his family's support, and his personal values - the desire to succeed in life and overcome adversities.