Johnathan Taylor and Zach Cone were drafted by the Texas Rangers this past June.
Sept. 12, 2011
ATHENS------University of Georgia senior Johnathan Taylor has been nominated for the America’s Choice Honor for Courage in Sports on CBS, Intersport announced Monday.
The America’s Choice Honor, wholly determined by fan voting, recognizes individuals that have overcome monumental challenges to achieve greatness in the world of sports. The winner will be announced on a one-hour “Courage in Sports” special airing at 5 p.m. ET Nov. 13 on CBS.
Each week for six weeks, two inspirational sports stories will be featured on the Courage in Sports Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/CourageInSports). The top weekly vote-getter will proceed to the finals, which run Oct. 3-16.
Fans can vote as often as they would like and can share their vote with Facebook friends. Week four voting for Taylor opened Monday and ends on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Currently, Taylor is at home in Acworth, Ga., rehabilitating a serious neck injury that bruised his spinal cord as a result of an outfield collision with teammate Zach Cone. The accident occurred during a game against Florida State on March 6 in Athens. Since then, he has successfully completed the in-patient and “Day Program” at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
An Honor Roll student, Taylor plans to return to the University of Georgia in January to continue his studies and work with the baseball program. This past June, he was a 33rd round pick of the Texas Rangers while Cone turned professional after going in the first round as the 37th overall selection. For more about Taylor, visit (www.Facebook.com/CourageInSports).
Now in its 23rd year, Courage in Sports has recognized some of the world's greatest and most inspirational athletes, such as Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr., Muhammed Ali, Alonzo Mourning, Kerri Strug and Walter Payton.