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University of Central Florida Football Scout Team Member / Reserve Robert Pritchard Looking for Help from Knights’ Extended Family

September 28th, 2012 at 8:00 PM
By Krista Machetta

The Orlando Sentinel reports that former defensive end Robert Pritchard is counting on the Knights extended family for support.

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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.”

The family is accepting donations at a Wells Fargo bank account number 2987907058 under the name Robert Pritchard. Donations can also be made via PayPal.com using the address [email protected]

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.

Tags: football, NCAA, Robert Pritchard, UCF, UCF Knights

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