At first glance Jim MacLaren might seem vulnerable, confined to a wheelchair, his left leg missing below the knee. His condition is the result of two devastating accidents, eight years apart, which reduced him from a handsome collegiate football star and aspiring actor to an amputee and then a quadriplegic. Yet this man has nurtured such remarkable inner strength that he continues to inspire millions. Jim MacLaren is now a motivational speaker and remains grateful for all that is ahead of him. YouTube Video of the Today Show.