Tethered to a high-tech wheelchair and unable to do anything by himself – his mother, Helen, tended to his needs — Sternberg had 50 years to sort things out and mull a cruel fate that not only denied him further athletic glory and the fulfillment of his dream, to become a high school science teacher, but just a plain, ordinary life.
“Brian was off charts,” said Knudsen. “He lived so much longer than the average quadriplegic. He lived with pain and agony for 50 years.”
“And he never once complained,” said Helen.
“People ask if I’m mad at the world or mad at God, but being mad doesn’t do me any good,” Sternberg said in one of his last interviews. “Sometimes I feel I was cheated a bit, but what can I do about it?”