Football: Taliaferro to Williamstown: Seize the moment


By Phil Anastasia

Former Eastern and Penn State star Adam Taliaferro talked to the Williamstown football team on Wednesday morning.

His message: Seize the moment.

"You have a target on your back now," Taliaferro told the Williamstown players, who will take the field this season as defending S.J. Group 5 and WJFL American Division champions.

Williamstown was 12-0 and won the first SJ title in the history of the program last season. The Braves finished No. 1 in The Inquirer's final Top 10.

Taliaferro reminded the Williamstown players of his own unique experience, how he was a star running back/defensive back at Eastern and how he suffered a broken neck as a true freshman at Penn State in September, 2000.

Originally told by doctors he likely never would walk again, Taliaferro made a remarkable recovery. He is an attorney who works for a pharmacuetical firm.

"I miss playing football every day," Taliaferro said. "Every day I wish I could play football. I would trade places with you guys and run around on that field in a minute."

Taliaferro recalled his senior season at Eastern, when the Vikings were undefeated and No. 1 in the rankings before a late field goal gave Atlantic City a 31-29 victory in the 1999 S.J. Group 4 title game.

"I think about that game every day," Taliaferro told the players. "We were up 17-0 and we let it slip away.

"You guys don't want to do that this year. You don't want to let it slip away."

-- Follow @PhilAnastasia on Twitter

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Load comments