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7 Questions: Shawn and Carrie Bradley talk about his NBA career, what he’s learned as a quadriplegic and dating in a grocery store

7 Questions

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Shawn Bradley is one of the tallest players to ever play in the NBA. Standing at 7 feet 6 inches, Shawn played center for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks. Before his professional career, he was a basketball player at BYU.

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Last year, Shawn was hit by a car while riding his bike in St. George, Utah. The crash resulted in a traumatic spinal cord injury in his neck that left him paralyzed.

I recently sat down with Shawn and his wonderful wife Carrie. They met at a basketball game a few years ago and then reunited at a local grocery store, where they met up every night for several months before getting married in 2017. They have nine children together.

Here are the questions I asked Shawn:

  • What was the best and worst part about playing basketball for your job?
  • Do you have a favorite memory playing in the NBA?
  • How did you guys meet and was it love at first site?
  • What’s been the biggest lesson you each have learned since Shawn was hit by a car?
  • Have you guys ever been to Idaho and tried our famous potatoes?
  • Was there ever a time when you had to stand up for your beliefs while playing basketball?
  • If you were able to walk again for one day, what would you do during that day?



  • What size shoe do you wear?
  • What do you each want to remembered for?
  • Can you share a piece of advice that might help me?

Watch my entire interview with Shawn and Carrie in the video player above.

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