Quarterback Seth Russell suffered a season-ending neck injury as the Baylor Bears faced the Iowa State Cyclones in late October of 2015. The junior from Garland, Texas sustained a fractured neck bone which needed immediate surgical repair.
At the time, it was uncertain how an injury of this magnitude would effect Russell’s career. According to ESPN.com, the usual time of recovery for facet joint bone surgery is six months.
After a successful surgery and a long, vigorous recovery process, Russell received the news he’s been patiently awaiting. On February 2, Russell announced that he had completed his final checkup and was given the green light to return to the football field.
Following his life-changing journey, there’s one specific group of people that Russell publicly thanked for keeping his football dreams alive. That group happens to be in Morgantown, West Virginia at the WVU Medicine Spine Center.
The grateful Bear wrote the following message to his WVU Medicine doctors via his Instagram account:
Russell actually obtained quite a bit of support from West Virginia throughout his healing process. Just one week after his injury, he received a special visitor in the hospital. WVU quarterback and fellow-Texan Skyler Howard stopped by to check in on his good friend and Big 12 opponent.
Though Russell plays against West Virginia on the football field, he’ll be forever thankful for the fine doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in the mountain state. Russell and the Baylor Bears will head to Morgantown on December 3, 2016 to face Skyler Howard and the Mountaineers in what could be a key game in Big 12 conference play as it will be the regular season finale for both teams.