Robert Roll

ROBERT ROLL, 31, running back with Constantine HS (MI), playing in an alumni game on 7/3/15 sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit, was knocked unconscious, and suffered a shattered seventh cervical vertebra (his spinal cord is intact).  Roll was hospitalized at Bronson Methodist Hospital, where he underwent surgery the next day.  He’s likely to be transferred to a Grand Rapids rehabilitation center, where doctors say he’ll likely spend months working to regain use of his limbs.  Roll was hit by a White Pigeon player who is several years younger than Roll and owns his own gym.  Kevin Roll, the older brother of Robert Roll, said that his brother signed a waiver and there is no lawsuit pending.  “It’s one thing for young kids to play football,” he said. “But when you’ve done nothing like that for a long time, and then you get out there and start smashing people, it’s not going to turn out good.”  Though the alumni game has been a popular community fundraiser, there is considerable discussion about whether to continue the game.–“After devastating injury, alumni football games reconsidered”, Mlive.com 7/6/15, Julie Mack.

 

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