Chris Norton

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Chris Norton is a keynote speaker, author, advocate and former college football player who gained widespread recognition for his inspiring story of overcoming adversity after a spinal cord injury during a game left him paralyzed from the neck down. 

Despite the prognosis, Norton defied the odds through years of gruelling physical therapy and determination, ultimately learning to walk again with the help of his now-wife, Emily. 

Their inspiring story, chronicled in the memoir “The Seven Longest Yards,” touches on themes of resilience, faith, and love, offering readers a roadmap to overcoming their own obstacles with courage and hope. This narrative was further shared in the documentary “7 Yards,” resonating with audiences worldwide and highlighting the transformative power of perseverance.

Through his foundation, the Chris Norton Foundation, he continues to support others facing spinal cord injuries by providing resources, equipment, and financial assistance. Norton’s story serves as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us all that no obstacle is insurmountable with the right mindset and unwavering determination.

Chris currently resides in Florida with his wife and co-author, Emily Norton, alongside their seven children.

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