Paralyzed teen who saved girlfriend in ATV accident gets support from Vikings


Sixteen-year-old Josh Benson watched the Vikings practice from his wheelchair on Thursday – a wheelchair that he hopes he'll someday be able to rid himself of and begin walking again.

Benson, who played running back on the Hinkley-Finlayson football team before being paralyzed in an ATV accident last year, has support from Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

"He just said, 'Keep your head up, believe in yourself. If you believe your legs are going to work, it will come back,'" said Benson, who got the chance to talk to Peterson, according to the Pioneer Press.

Benson was paralyzed last August when the ATV he and his girlfriend were riding in malfunctioned. The right suspension locked up when they were traveling at about 30 miles per hour; the crash severed Benson's spinal cord, but not before he pushed his girlfriend out of harms way.

Last month, when Benson received the 2015 Courage Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman invited him to watch a practice and socialize with players and coaches.

Benson is entering his senior year of high school. You can follow him on Twitter via his handle, "@86fordguy."

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