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Chris Norton says he wouldn't change a thing, five years after his life changing injury

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

"Five years ago my life was completely changed, everything I knew before was going to be completely different going forward," Chris Norton told us this afternoon.

Norton fractured his spine on a routine tackle his freshman year of college, during a football game on October 16, 2010.

Despite a 3% chance of ever moving anything below his neck, he walked at graduation in May.

 "I just want kids to know and also adults that no matter what they're going through, that they can overcome it," said Norton.

Chris says his life changed forever, but he would not change a thing.

 "At that time when I was hurt, I always had a feeling that there was something bigger, there was a greater purpose for me that God knew that I didn't," Norton said.

He told us that purpose is to inspire others, and he plans on traveling the country to do it.

Today, he spent part of the afternoon sharing his story with students at Regina High School in Iowa City.

Chris Norton's new book, "The Power of Faith when Tragedy Strikes," came out this week.

The book is another way Norton plans to share his story.

He also posted a new video to his Facebook page today, which shows his progress through five years of hard work.

In the video, he is able to do a sit up and a squat.

Norton tells us when he heard his prognosis five years ago, it went in one ear and out the other.

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