The Last Tackle: Finding Courage In The Face of Adversity
Where do you find hope when all hope is lost?
Jimbo Wallgren grew up in a Texas town with dreams of playing football in the big Red River Rivalry game someday at the college ranks. Stable home life, gifted athlete, a very blessed and what seemed like ordinary teenager life. While practicing with his high school football team, Jim made his last tackle that forever changed his life.
Instantly paralyzed from the chest down from a Spinal Cord Injury. Confidence is suddenly replaced by fear and entrapment in a motionless body. The future that once seemed promising now seemed unimaginable and frightening. Beginning with his childhood, then vividly chronicling his tragic accident at fifteen. It becomes a fight for survival and finding relevancy in a world that seems foreign to him. Can he find the life he envisioned and had taken for granted?
What Readers Are Saying
Buy it, read it, and be forever changed. The writing is so powerful and packed with reality, it is difficult to imagine. I had to read with one eye closed, the other squinted and closing the book to get relief. Jim Wallgren shows he is a very brave and humble man. An amazing story told so openly, revealing deep emotional states. It is a book that will change the reader. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s a powerful read of overcoming trauma and disability, trudging through each day to live life to the fullest. I recommend if you enjoy both sports memoirs and stories of succeeding against adversity. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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About the author
James G, Wallgren
Jim Wallgren is an author, retired network engineer, speaker, and sports enthusiast. He has appeared on ABC “Good Morning America” featured in numerous news articles and TV segments in the Dallas/Ft. Worth media market.
Today, Jim has proudly lived as a C5/6 complete quadriplegic for over 40 years. He has been advocating for the rights and full participation of People with Disabilities, with his proudest moment giving a personal plea before a congressional delegation in Dallas, Texas, for the passage of the Americans with Disability Act in the early ’90s. Currently living near the Austin, Texas area with his wife, and is the proud father of twins. Jim and his wife enjoy traveling and have visited many foreign countries and most regions of the United States. He is also an Amateur Radio operator, licensed by the FCC.
Jim is the son of dynamic parents who taught him and his brother and sister that generosity, respect, and hard work are the most necessary tools if you want to succeed. He hopes he has made them proud and wishes to inspire others with his story.
At first glance at the book cover, one might assume it’s primarily a book regarding football, and you would be partially right. A goal of mine in writing my story is the reader comes away in knowing how meaningful human connections shape our lives. Forty years is a long time to revisit such a profound time in my life. The accident and subsequent years were not exactly how I planned it. Nevertheless, it’s brought many beautiful surprises along the way. I hope you, the reader, will come away inspired to be the best you, follow your dreams, and foster those human connections that enrich our lives.
“Life is a moment-by-moment thing; it’s neither scripted nor promised. The only thing assured in life is adversity. Once complacency sets in, there are always events in one’s life to shake things up.” James G. Wallgren
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