During last week’s Collegiate Championship Rugby Match, Cal Berkeley’s Robert Paylor suffered an injury that has left him paralyzed from the chest down. The sophomore had surgery the same day as the injury and has now begun the recovery process.
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“Our team is devastated by Rob’s injury,” Cal rugby coach Jack Clark said in a statement on SI.com. “There aren’t words to adequately explain our sorrow for what he and his family are going through. Rob is an extraordinary teammate, friend and student-athlete. As a University-recognized Scholar Athlete, he represents everything that is right and true about collegiate athletics. His challenges will be severe, long in duration and difficult beyond measure. Our team intends to be there with him every bit of the way.”
Last’s weekend’s Cal Berkeley game v Arkansas State was due to be a celebration of our sport. Tragically a freak accident during the Bears’ 43-13 national championship victory over Arkansas State left Robert Paylor paralyzed from the chest down.
According to the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation, the first year of recovery for patients with tetraplegia can range between $750,000 and $1 million according to a 2006 report.
The American Rugby community is a tight knit family. There is an incredible commitment to the sport that goes beyond the field of play. A GO Fund Me page has been established to help defray medical expenses beyond what is covered by the university’s insurance. Please try to help: https://www.gofundme.com/RobertPaylor