‘Rocky’ Clark, paralyzed prep football player, dies at 27

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From the Chicago Sun-Times: Rocky Clark’s mom doesn’t want her son to be remembered as a sympathetic figure, even though he spent the last 11-plus years of his life as a quadraplegic.

“I want him to be remembered as a fighter,” Annette Clark said Thursday evening. “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.”

Rasul “Rocky” Clark, the former Eisenhower High School football player who was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a game in 2000, died Thursday evening at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey. The Robbins man was surrounded by family and friends when he died about 6 p.m., according to the Rev. Anthony Williams, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Robbins. The cause of death was not immediately known.

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  1. Sad, tragic news. My condolences ti the family and friends of Rocky. May he be an inspiration to all the lives he’s touched.

  2. This is very sad. I remember learning about Rocky a little over a year ago through a video entry by Dr. Watkins. There’s no words to express the sadness I feel over this story. At least Rocky is free in a sense he is no longer bound by his physical body on Earth.

  3. My sincere condolences to the family. Rest in Peace Rocky!!!

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