Florida State received some truly terrible news on Sunday when they learned that senior outfielder Stephen Spradling had suffered a potentially life-threatening injuries after a skydiving accident.
The former Juco transfer was skydiving near Melbourne, Florida on Sunday when he had to tug his parachute hard to avoid a mid-air collision about 100 feet above the ground. Had he collided with the other skydiver it would have likely proved fatal, so Spradling pulled hard on his shoot and accelerated towards the ground where he landed with a sickening thud.
He was immediately rushed to a hospital where he was diagnosed with broken hips, a broken pelvis, broken ribs and a broken bone in his back. Spradling is in for a long recovery, he will likely be in a wheelchair for the next several months, but doctors are optimistic he will walk again and eventually make a full recovery.
His baseball career, however, is likely over.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stephen and his family," said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin via a Florida State press release. "I was truly scared for him when I heard the news. How many people live to tell a story of a skydiving accident? We are all very thankful that he is still alive. I just thank God that he is ok and is pointed in a direction of a full recovery. His entire Seminole family is thinking about him and we hope and pray for Stephen to make a full recovery.
“Regarding his playing career at Florida State, right now our major concern is being there for Stephen and his family during his recovery period.”
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