It’s easy to look at the title of HBO’s new documentary, “The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti,” and size it up as another stereotypical rags-to-riches story about a professional football player who beat the odds to become a success.
That element is present, but there’s so much more depth and nuance to Buoniconti’s life. His life is a bit of a rattlesnake that will leave you feeling a range of emotions.
Just when it looked like Buoniconti’s post-NFL career was set as a business high-roller, his son Marc suffered a catastrophic injury while playing college football in 1985. Everything in his life stopped when his son dislocated his neck and became a quadriplegic for life.
Buoniconti has spent his life fighting to help his son and others who have undergone traumatic spinal injuries. He co-founded The Miami Project which continues the search for a cure to paralysis to this day.
“The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti” premieres tonight on HBO.
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