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Sidelined Stories

Interviews of sidelined athletes who overcame their setback of being sidelined. Explore their journey through their ups and downs. 

Episode 6

Chris Norton, Safety, Luther College Football

The story of Chris Norton, a former football player for the Luther College Norse. His career ended when he became paralyzed while making a tackle during a kick off. He was given a 3% chance of ever regaining movement below the neck, but, through grit and determination has chosen to move forward and defied those odds. Today he manages his non-profit foundation and works full-time as a motivational speaker. Hear Chris' incredible story of how he gained a greater appreciation for life and learned how his true identity was in something more concrete than just being a football player. 

Episode 5

Brett Ball, Guard, South Carolina Women's Basketball

The story of Brett Ball, a former basketball player for South Carolina who was forced to quit competition in college after being diagnosed with a heart condition. Brett opens up about her resistance to getting help from a sports psychologist, her anger with God, and the significance of finding other sidelined athletes to talk to. 


Episode 4

Enjoy the podcast version of Devin's interview below:

Devin hedgePeth, Corner Back, Oklahoma State Football

The story of Devin Hedgepeth, a former football player who last played football for Oklahoma State. Devin was a projected first round draft pick for the NFL but was forced to walk away from football after one too many Achilles tears. Devin speaks of the heart break and identity loss of having to leave his sport and the resiliency he acquired in overcoming his new reality as a sidelined athlete. 

Episode 3

Enjoy the podcast version of Erin's interview below:

Erin Walter, former professional soccer player

The story of Erin Walter, a former midfielder who last played for the Saint Louis Athletica. Repeat injuries sidelined Erin permanently and altered the course of her life. Erin speaks of the hardships of having to walk away from a life of soccer and the freedom she experienced when she learned to redefine her value in something more secure. Erin shares how the qualities that made her a top competitor translated to her pursuits in the business world.  

Episode 2

Enjoy the podcast version of Eric's story below:

Episode 1

Eric Buck, Athletic Trainer

The story of Eric Buck, an avid athlete who was permanently sidelined in middle school. Hear his story from his diagnosis to his resolution. Eric speaks of the hardships of being permanently sidelined and of how he was able move forward in life, recognizing he was more than just a competitor on the court.


Matt Brown, Sports Psychologist

The story of Matt Brown, an extremely talented football player from Canada who was permanently sidelined in college. Hear his story from his injury to his resolution. Matt talks about the hardships of being told he could no longer play football and how the event of his injury would forever change his life.