Ohio State wheelchair and Kurt Coleman

When Kurt Coleman took the field in Super Bowl 50, a former teammate who became paralyzed because of Coleman’s tackle was rooting hard for the Panthers.

The Carolina safety, in part, was playing for Tyson Gentry. The two men have formed an unbreakable bond since Coleman’s routine hit broke Gentry’s neck when they played together at Ohio State.

This is the story of a remarkable relationship that sprung from that horrific accident 10 years ago.

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“Obviously,” Coleman said last week at the Panthers’ training facility, “you can never brace yourself for the impact of severely hurting somebody and paralyzing them for the rest of their lives. He’s one of the greatest men that I’ve known through what he’s done and the person that he’s become.”

During the start of his senior year Gentry rolled his wheelchair into a new class and met a woman who had been sitting in one of the handicap desks because she came late and it was in the back row.

“If Ty didn’t break his neck, we wouldn’t have met, wouldn’t have gotten married,” Megan told ESPN. “We’re huge believers in everything happens for a reason.”

They’re expecting a baby boy in mid-March. His name will be Adam Cole Gentry– Cole for Coleman.

(WATCH the video below or READ the feature at ESPN) –Photo via Ohio State

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