Football legends reach out to help QO graduate

MPI 2443Georgetown University coach Rob Sgarlata, Tyrell Williams and his girlfriend Alexa Richie at the Washington Football Legends event. PHOTO BY MARK POETKERFormer Georgetown University football standout Tyrell Williams has received significant financial assistance from the Washington Football Legends.

The organization announced last week that it has purchased equipment for the Quince Orchard graduate to help with in-home rehabilitation after he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury during a game last season.

Last September, during Georgetown’s season opener at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, Williams shattered sections of his vertebrae while making a tackle. He was immediately transported to UPMC Altoona Hospital where he underwent nine hours of surgery, receiving a spinal fusion, inserted rods and a prosthetic intervertebral disc. Williams was transferred the following week to The Shepherd Center in Atlanta where he spent the next four months.

Since then, Williams has resumed classes at Georgetown and works with doctors at the National Rehabilitation Hospital twice a week. He also conducted rehab at home with special equipment that was not covered by insurance.

“The out-of-pocket costs associated with this injury are too much for a family to bear alone,” said former Washington Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams. “The two pieces of equipment that are essential to Ty’s recovery cost more than $24,000.”

The funds for the new equipment were raised last month during the Eighth Annual Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala at Bethesda North Marriott.

“We recognized that a young man in our community, who was injured playing football, needed our help,” said Thomas Moorehead, owner of BMW of Sterling and Co-Chair of the Joyce & Thomas Moorehead Foundation. “We felt a responsibility to bring Ty’s story to the guests at our Gala this year, and help him raise the money needed.”

The donation from the Washington Football Legends includes shipping and setup of the two pieces of equipment in Ty’s apartment. He will also be given a demonstration on how to use each piece of equipment properly. The donation also eases the financial burden for Ty’s family.

“I have been working tirelessly trying to figure out how to raise the money for the equipment,” said Melissa Rand, Ty’s mother. “I thought I was at a dead-end and didn’t know where to turn. This donation from Washington Football Legends is truly a blessing.”


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