Family and friends endure as Jaguars ...

Family and friends endure as Jaguars offensive lineman Collier ...

There are 2 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Sep 19, 2008, titled Family and friends endure as Jaguars offensive lineman Collier .... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

His life, as it was, has stopped. As Richard Bernard Collier lies in the hospital bed, all hulking 345 pounds, in critical but stable condition, the people who love him wander in and out of Shands Jacksonville ...

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JMG

Ingleside, TX

#1 Sep 21, 2008
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Wheelchairb

Winston Salem, NC

#2 Sep 30, 2008
Hello Everyone,
My name is Sam and I have been living life from a wheelchair for over 4 years. I am paralyzed (Paraplegic) from mid chest down. I am paralyzed at the hands of my younger brother who I tried to help out but the drugs and alcohol had complete control and he almost ended my life! I got hurt by jumping out a three story apartment window trying to get to safety from his wrath! He climed up three balcony floors no ladder to get to me and broke inside the apartment! The D.A. blamed me for jumping out the window so they didn't give him no time for me.
I had a great life in 2004 becuz I was in college(Forensc Biology), in truck driving school on the weekends, and the National Guard at the time. I survived but I lost the great life I once had for me and my family. Let me say this I wouldnt wish this life on my worst enemy! Truth be told, I fought my way back on top! Living with a Spinal Cord Injury and the pain it brings you have to be mentally strong! I wish I could just walk in the kitchen sometimes to just get myself a drink of water, or run, play with my kids! Do things like people walking do everyday but I know I can't.
I always was independent and fended for myself but now I can't buy that $20,000 Power standing wheelchair that stands me up while I drive it, the bike that cost $3,000 so I can go riding with my children and other things to improve my life in such a atrocious situation! I have Medicare and its impossible to get anything from them! Everything is about money and if you don't have it you are in trouble! I don't know where God was in my situation! I never did anything but want the best for my family and to help people! I don't blame God but it hurts alot to be in this situation! If you have time and want to understand it in depth about Spinal Cord Injury please research it online.
I wish Collier, his family, and the Jaguar Family the best in this terrible situation. I am truly sorry this has happened to him. My best advice is to Never Give Up because giving up is not an option!!!Wheelchairb

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