Murderballs Mark Zupan After a car accident paralyzed him at 18, Zupan discovered the gritty sport of wheel-chair rugby, now a civil engineer and star of the documentary Murderball, Zupan, 30, shares his secrets to being a tough guy.
RULE NO. 1: NO REGRETS You're going to get dealt s-cards in life sometimes. After a college soccer game, my friend and I had a couple of beverages and I passed out in his pickup truck. He didn't know I was in the back. He got lost going home, spun out, and I got thrown into a canal. I spent 14 hours hanging onto a branch. I had red ant bites from my fingers to my toes. But I can't ask "What if?" over and over. It's not worth torturing myself.
RULE NO. 2: DON'T HOLD BACK A month after I got hurt, a recreation therapist said, "We're gonna play a game called rugby." I started playing and fell in love. I like the camaraderie, the competitiveness. I've played contact sports all my life and it's nice to have it again. Plus where else can you hit somebody as hard as you want?
RULE NO. 3: NO PARTY NECESSARY Treat people in wheelchairs normally. Don't open the door for me. Don't politely ask me if I need something. I'm no different than anyone else. I'm twisted and crazy and that's a good thing.