TAMPA (FOX 13) - After seven years of recovery from an accident that left him paralyzed, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Storm savors every step he takes on the football field.
Jonathan Bane was left paralyzed after the car he was driving flipped seven times. Doctors told him he may never walk again and his football career was over. Those were words Bane refused to accept.
"Doctors saying, 'you may never walk again,' but that just really fueled me," Bane said. "It drove me to somehow figure out how to get up and do it. Work everyday, day-in and day-out, to get where I wanted to be."
Bane was walking within a month. He was back on the football field a year later, playing college ball and breaking records. He spent the last two seasons in a lower-level arena league before coming to the Storm to continue living out his dream.
"It's no wonder he is walking," said Storm quarterback coach Shane Stafford. "When he first told me the story, you're just sitting here wondering, 'wow. How are you out here competing at this level?'"
"I've kind of been told no my whole life," Bane explained. "Told I wasn't going to be able to do a lot of things. That kind of put the icing on the cake. It's defiantly something I always look back on and I'm out here playing with a purpose."
Jonathan Bane's life has been full of adversity. He's found a way to overcome challenges every time with a smile on his face and positive attitude. Now, he's bringing his positivity to the Tampa Bay Storm as he faces another challenge.
"You can tell that he's got that chip on his shoulder to prove everybody wrong. That I've overcome this and I'm ready to move forward," said Storm head coach Lawrence Samuels."
"I welcome every challenge with open arms," said Bane. "Trust in my preparation and my work to get me where I need to be."
As a rookie on the team, Bane is backing up veteran quarterback Adam Kennedy. He knows the role and is making contributions in other ways, preparing for when his time comes.
"I'm out here just trying to give it my all and do everything I can to help me and my teammates in anyway possible," he said.