Paralyzed Former Football Star: "I will walk again!"

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2010 at 11:33 PM EDT

By WKBW News

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2010 at 11:33 PM EDT

Deshanaro Morris received a standing ovation before his speech to the audience. He talked about the New Year's Day car crash in 2009 where his life changed in an instant.

"Everything happened that night took 10 to 15 seconds, but after those 10 to 15 seconds my life was changed forever," said Morris.

He was a passenger in his friend's car when the driver lost control on black ice. The vehicle slammed into a utility pole. The star football payer and captain of his team, took two steps out of the vehicle and collapsed.

"As I laid on the ground I had such clear thoughts of my life and my future. I was angry because I knew I was paralyzed. I knew that my football career was over. I knew that I wasn't going home to my family that night," said Morris.

The accident left him partially paralyzed from the waist down. But after months of intensive therapy, he made good on his promise to himself and his peers that he'd walk on graduation day and the experience overwhelmed him.

"I was more too excited so my legs kind of locked up but I had to unloosen them for they could stop being stiff and just push myself. And I just had in the back of my mind, I won't stop until I make it across," said Morris.

Deshanaro Morris says he used his brains instead of brawn to get him to this point, and he's not done. He's going to college and hopes to return to Sweet Home and become a head coach.