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OU's Wilson vows to walk again at Owen Field

8/11/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Corey Wilson's fight to walk again consumes him with the will that he once approached his football career.

The Oklahoma wide receiver was involved in an accident on Feb. 27 near Pauls Valley, Okla., only two days before Oklahoma began spring practice. Wilson was thrown from his vehicle and sustained serious injuries, the most severe of which is paralysis over the lower half of his body.

Wilson now is facing the long journey back to try to learn to walk again. He has returned to independent living much faster than expected as he recovers from the accident.

Soonersports.com has the inspiring story of Wilson's rehabilitation as the site followed him through his daily routine. It's a sobering but uplifting story of a player who has approached his new challenges the same way he once did his football career.

"Taking everything into consideration I'm lucky to be here," Wilson said in the Oklahoma video report. "I get down sometimes but I keep my head up, pretty much."

After Wilson was hospitalized in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops delivered his breakfast virtually every morning. Stoops arranged that his Champions Foundation purchased a specially-equipped vehicle so that Wilson could regain some of his mobility.

Wilson said Stoops has acted like a father as he has encouraged him in his new life.

"All the players are like your children," Stoops said in the video. "Sometimes there's nothing to say, but at least you are sharing the moment. I did try to make sure every day I started with Corey. I felt it was time he knew we were there for him. I represented the whole staff and our team. If I'm there with him, we're all with him."

Stoops has been encouraged by Wilson's spirit as he battles back from his accident.   

"I'm sure he's had his difficult moments but he has really been strong," Stoops says of Wilson. "He really has understood and matured in that life has changed and that I'll make the most of it. That he can be fulfilled but in different ways."

Wilson's journey to learn to walk again is one that is consuming him as he lives his life.

His goal is to walk with his team at a future Oklahoma game.

After watching the report of Wilson's recovery, I was amazed and inspired by his will as he attempts to fulfill that promise.

We all can only hope and pray that the moment comes for Wilson very soon.