Football is a rough game. It can dish out hard hits, and as we’ve seen more and more recently it can take away just as many things from its practitioners as it provides.
“Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On” tells the story of the late Rocky Clark, a former Eisenhower High School football standout who, at 16, was paralyzed from the neck down during a 2000 game. Clark still went on to graduate from Eisenhower and from junior college before coming back to help coach his high school team.
Clark died in 2011 16 months after his $5 million insurance policy was capped out, gaining national attention as it left his mother Annette Clark struggling to pay the bills for her son’s care.
After Clark died in January 2011, his mother told the Sun-Times how she wanted her son remembered.
“I want him to be remembered as a fighter,” Clark said. “Playing football, baseball, track and field. “He still wanted to go to college. … and (remember him for) trying to help others. I want him to be remembered like that.”
“Rocky Clark: The Legacy Lives On” airs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Comcast SportsNet. A preview is available at http://www.csnchicago.com/rocky_clark.