Mike Cafferty was a kid from the Back of the Yards who knew how to take care of himself.
He worked as a lifeguard and did two-mile Lake Michigan swims. He could throw a football, breakdance or clock somebody with a punch.
At 18, a car crash left him paralyzed below the neck. After that, he’d have dreams about swimming, running and throwing a football. Then, he’d wake up.
“I am shocked that I can’t move,” he wrote in his autobiography “Driven.” “And tears hit the pillow every paralyzed night.”
Mr. Cafferty spent two years in a rehabilitation facility. He went on to study psychology at the