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Orange_Nut
09-29-2008, 10:02 PM
Sad story...

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80b3b2c3&template=with-video&confirm=true


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier, who was shot earlier this month, is paralyzed below the waist and had his left leg amputated.

Dr. Andy Kerwin, a surgeon for the University of Florida at Shands Jacksonville hospital, said Collier, who had 14 bullet wounds, is now in good condition after being previously listed in critical condition.


Kerwin said Collier had bullet wounds to the back, left groin, left legs and right buttock. In addition, a bullet severed his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the waist down. The amputation was the result of damage to his left leg and groin, which had blood clots.

Collier had five bullets removed from his urinary bladder and suffered bouts of pneumonia, infections and renal failure.

The player will undergo physical therapy to learn to get from his bed to a wheelchair. He will never walk again, the doctor said.

Collier was on a ventilator for about three weeks and has no memory of the shooting, Kerwin said.

"His overall condition has improved greatly," Kerwin said. "We expect him to be discharged soon."

Collier's agent Jeff Jankovich said the player's family wanted to make sure Collier understood what had happened to him before releasing it to the public. He said they even kept the Jaguars in the dark.

"He has extreme grief for a lifetime of dreams, he won't be able to fulfill," the agent said.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and several players attended the news conference.

"It's a tragedy this young man was caught up in this violence," Del Rio said. "It's a great tragedy for a young man who had such a promising future."

Collier and former teammate Kenneth Pettway were waiting for two women outside an apartment complex early Sept. 2 when a gunman fired into the vehicle, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Pettway was not injured.

The motive behind the attack on Collier is unknown, but investigators said earlier he appeared to be targeted.

Collier was the third NFL player shot in the past 18 months. Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was fatally shot during what police said was a botched burglary attempt at his Miami-area home in November. Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed when his rented limousine was sprayed with bullets minutes after leaving a New Year's party at a club in 2007.

BroncoManiac_69
09-29-2008, 10:09 PM
WOW!! :eek:

What is going on??

Are these players subjecting themselves to situations they should be smart enough to avoid? And I mean that regarding DWill as well.

Does there seem to be a trend developing here? :(

I knew he had been shot, but I didn't know he was shot 14 times.That is so sad. I suppose being alive is an upside? :ugh:

Just Wow.

DenverSpark
09-29-2008, 10:22 PM
:(

That's awful. My best goes out to him and his family.

Orange_Nut
09-29-2008, 10:27 PM
It's really unfortunate. From everything I've read, he was a really good guy. Never caused trouble and just and overall good guy. But according to investigators, they think he was "targeted". Now, what does that mean? Targeted because he had a nice car? Or targeted because of something he was involved in? Who knows, either way, another talented guy cut down before his prime. It's just messed up...

DenverSpark
09-29-2008, 10:39 PM
It's really unfortunate. From everything I've read, he was a really good guy. Never caused trouble and just and overall good guy. But according to investigators, they think he was "targeted". Now, what does that mean? Targeted because he had a nice car? Or targeted because of something he was involved in? Who knows, either way, another talented guy cut down before his prime. It's just messed up...

I was wondering that too. I thought I read something about an argument, but I think the police said that the shooting and the argument weren't related, so I dunno.

It's just so sad to see someone go down like that.

:(

I_Only_Like_Jay
09-29-2008, 11:05 PM
It's really unfortunate. From everything I've read, he was a really good guy. Never caused trouble and just and overall good guy. But according to investigators, they think he was "targeted". Now, what does that mean? Targeted because he had a nice car? Or targeted because of something he was involved in? Who knows, either way, another talented guy cut down before his prime. It's just messed up...

The early details were that he and a team mate picked up two girls at a club. They took the girls to one of the girl's apartment. He and the team mate waited in the car while the girls went in to change. We don't know what happened in the apartment, but I believe that he was targeted and the girls are somehow involved. They weren't talking to police so...

And yes, being alive is an upside. Darrent and Sean weren't so lucky.