"I know it's not going to be easy, but I'm going to make it. Instead of giving 100 percent like I did on the football field, I'm going to give 110 percent ."
Speaking is Steve Streater, North Carolina's all-ACC punter/safety paralyzed in a traffic crash. April 30 on his way home from signing with the Redskins. He looks at the burgundy jersey hung in his Chapel Hill hospital room -- it bears his name and 5, the number worn by Streater as a Tar Heel and by Curt Knight when he kicked for Washington -- and declares: "I am going to wear it one day. I have all the faith in the world that it will happen."
Strong faith, that. Some movement in his hands was restored after fusion of his broken neck; therapy is making his arms stronger. But Streater cannot move his legs and doctors are not sure he will walk again. Soon Streater is to be transferred from North Carolina Memorial Hospital to a rehabilitation center in Charlotte, closer to his family.
"It's hard to accept," he goes on. "After playing football all those years and getting knocked around all the time, now I can't even stand up. It just makes me more determined, though. I don't care how long it takes, but I'm going to beat this thing."