The Orlando Sentinel reports that former defensive end Robert Pritchard is counting on the Knights extended family for support.
Pritchard, a Georgia native, was well on his way to a promising future. He was considered the ninth-best defensive end prospect in the state of Georgia as reported by ESPN and was recruited by Memphis, Ole Miss and Virginia.
Pritchard elected to study criminal justice at UCF, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and later was accepted to graduate school.
He also served a vital role as a member of the Knights' football program, where he not only played on the scout team, but also as a reserve from 2008-2011.
On July 9, Pritchard's life changed dramatically, with the 22-year old suffering from uncontrollable seizures doctors later concluded were a result of a rare and massive stroke.
Close family and friends are turning to the UCF community for help on his road to recovery. Because his medical bills are totaling close to $300,000, they have set up a Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “Faith & Hope for Robert Pritchard.”
In true inspirational fashion, Robert continues to work hard on his recovery and hopes to return to UCF next fall to complete his graduate studies.
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