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RISE Above Flashback: Conner Kempe

Updated: October 29, 2009, 10:19 AM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPN RISE Magazine

Conner Kempe feels like himself again. A sophomore backup quarterback at Dartmouth College, he's enjoying Division I football, earning an Ivy League education and simply treasuring each day he wakes up.

Three years ago, the latter wasn't exactly a certainty. In November 2006, Conner -- then a junior at the Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) -- went out kitesurfing, a favorite hobby of his. He ignored the high winds that day and ended up paying the price as he got caught ...

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