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Paralyzed player to speak at Allegiance Bowl

Kunken's speech will be similar to the presentations he gives around the country.

"I've benefited so much from people helping me, that I want to encourage others to help people that might need a helping hand; it makes such a difference in long run. I tell people to keep expectations high, not only for themselves but others too, because peoples' performance often rises and falls based on what others expect of them. We can all bring out the best in ourselves and others if we keep that in mind and never stop dreaming. We'll be able to accomplish anything we set our minds to," said Kunken.

A large part of his journey from despair to triumphant determination is thanks to a strong support system that helped him through the toughest of times, said Kunken.

"I had a lot of help and encouragement from a very special and supportive family. I knew they always believed in me they would act as my arms and legs to make sure I wasn't limited in anything and wouldn't miss out and I've been able to live a useful and productive life," said Kunken.

Kunken said his positive mindset wasn't a change that happened overnight, and he went through an extensive rehabilitation process that included more than nine months in the hospital, but he eventually made a promise to himself that he wouldn't miss out on a single thing that he had always wanted to do.

That included getting married and raising a family, which he accomplished in the same way he's lead his life for 40 years"against the odds.

"I met my wife when I was almost 50 and we decided we wanted to have children," said Kunken, who used medical technology to conceive his triplet boys, now five. "Children are something that changes everyone's life."

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