Project 24: The Jared Williams Story Presented by YouPlusDallas
Texas High School Football: How one play changed everything
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On October 1,2009, Jared Williams, a defensive back for Pinkston High School in West Dallas, was paralyzed at the age of 14 in a game against North Dallas High School. Project 24: The Jared Williams Story, is a five-episode series devoted to telling the story about how students, faculty, businesses and organizations rallied around Jared. The introduction to the story can be found here.
In Episode one, Pinkston High School teamates Aaron Spkes, Jonathan Duke, Charlie Johnson, and Ronnie Walker, and Coach Gerald Jones describe the football player, the person and the events of that evening.
Jared Williams had talent and aspirations of playing collegiate football on the big stage. It was an ordinary play executed by high school football players everywhere. But in this instance, Jared's attempt to tackle his opponent resulted in a broken neck and spinal cord injuries, paralyzing him from the neck down.
Throughout the initial moments and days following his injury, Jared Williams maintained his sense of humor, his faith in God and his concern and love for his mother.
Dr. Kendall Carll was on staff at Baylor Medical the evening Jared arrived at the emergency room. His first hand account of the injury and the severity of the situation reminds us how fragile life is.
Episode two will air on February 22, 2011.