Adam Taliaferro inspired Penn State students and alumni everywhere in 2000 after he was paralyzed in a football game against Ohio State and made a storybook recovery despite dire predictions.
It appears many of those same fans once again have put their faith in Taliaferro, now 30 and a Cherry Hill lawyer, to help their alma mater in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse scandal still rocking the campus.
Taliaferro was the top vote-getter among candidates for three open alumni seats on the Pennsylvania State University board of trustees in the most highly contested race in the school's history. Of the more than 37,500 alumni who voted in the election - by far a record - 15,629 chose Taliaferro.
"I'm still kind of amazed," Taliaferro said from his office at Duane Morris L.L.P. shortly after the results were announced at the board of trustees meeting in State College. "I'm blessed and humbled by the amount of support I've received. They put a lot of trust in me."