ASHLAND, OH (WOIO) - Ashland University football player Cory Skoczen has released a statement on his condition.
Statement from Cory Skoczen
I wanted this statement to come from me so everyone realizes that I am OK. I know there was a lot of concern when the initial reports said I was critically injured. I'm doing much better and am told by the medical team that I'm officially in good condition. The way I understand what happened to my body is that it was like a concussion to the spinal cord and my nerves are a little shaken up. I just moved to the spinal cord injury rehabilitation floor and I'm making great progress. I know I have some hard work ahead of me but I'm used to that - on the football field and off. I'd like to thank my family for their love and support. They have been by my bedside every minute since I arrived at MetroHealth. I'd also like to send a special message of thanks to my extended family at Ashland University and St. Ed's, as well as to the entire community. I've felt your prayers and support - as has my family - and it's very much appreciated. While my family and I have received several media interview requests, we all want to focus on my recovery right now. Thank you.
The sophomore linebacker was seriously injured during practice Monday, Aug. 10th.
Tuesday, Skoczen's family said in a statement that Cory was "transported to Ashland Samaritan Hospital and was life flighted to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Ashland University's Head Football Coach, Lee Owens said "I want to personally thank our trainer, Jeremy Hancock; the emergency room staff at Samaritan Hospital; and all the other related medical personnel for their quick and professional response."
Cory Skoczen is a former St. Edward football player and grew up in Berea, OH.