Former Football Player Janne Kouri to Appear on ABC's "Good Morning America"

July 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Georgetown University football player Janne Kouri, who was featured on the Georgetown Athletics website earlier this year and in newspapers in California, will be featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday, July 17.

ABC's piece on Kouri will detail his battle from paralysis to using a walker to walk again and the work he has done through Next Step Fitness to help others. The piece is expected to air around 8 a.m. on Friday, July 17.

Kouri, a defensive lineman, finished his Hoya career as the all-time leader in sacks with 31.5 between 1993-96. That record still stands at Georgetown as well, although it was tested in recent years by Michael Ononibaku (28, 2002-05) and Alex Buzbee (27.5, 2003-06). During those days, the Georgetown football team played in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Kouri led a defensive unit that was among the best in the nation. He was named to the All-MAAC football team in 1995 and 1996 and was the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

Soon after graduation, however, Kouri was playing beach volleyball one day, decided to cool off in the water and after diving through a wave, he hit a sand bar and was paralyzed from the neck down, fracturing his C5 & C6 vertebrae.

Through his determination and the help of radical new treatment, Kouri eventually retaught his spine to function properly and learned to walk again, with the help of a walker. Kouri and his then-girlfriend, Susan Moffat, went on set up a clinic to help others.

See the following links for more on Kouri:
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=8081986&page=1

For more info please see links below:

www.nextstepfitness.org

Article on Georgetown University Website: http://guhoyas.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/031709aaa.html

Article on Reeve foundation Website: http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.ddJFKRNoFiG/b.4506337/apps/s/content.asp?ct=586593

 

 

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