Anyone who has watched enough football to see a player taken off on a stretcher knows that it is the worst part of the sport. No one ever wants to see players get hurt, but even more than that, we really hope to never see spinal injuries. Unfortunately, one of these tragedies happened this Saturday in the game between FCS BR-65 Southern University and FBS BR-2 Georgia. Southern wide receiver Devon Gales broke his neck blocking on a kickoff return in the third quarter of the game.
Southern released a statement telling everyone that Gales is in good spirits after his surgery and that he has movement in his upper body. The school has now started a donation fund for Gales because he has a long and expensive road to recovery. Many fans and teams from around the country reached out to Gales, including Georgia coach Mark Richt urging Bulldogs fans to help out any way they can. It’s nice to see a community that can seem so cutthroat and competitive at times come together and put the game aside to avenge a tragic injury.
All donations are accepted at the Devon Gales Fund website.