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."
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