TRHS senior makes ‘miraculous recovery’ after breaking his neck
THREE RIVERS — C.J. Ross is a 17-year-old senior at Three Rivers High School. He works for and works out at Triple River CrossFit six days a week, and will attend Central Michigan University this fall.
C.J. is an impressive young man by any measure, but when you consider that just 20 months ago he was nearly paralyzed, after attempting a tackle during an unsupervised football scrimmage, the life he leads now is nothing short of extraordinary.
Entering his junior year at TRHS, C.J. was working out and practicing everyday with his friends. He weighed 180 pounds, and was hoping to reach 200 pounds by the start of this third season at linebacker for the Wildcats.
The day of C.J.’s injury was, as his father Charles Ross describes it, “a beautiful Sunday afternoon” and C.J. was “feeling good.” The then 16-year-old sophomore had just rattled off a long touchdown and was “getting more hyped” as the day went on.
Just two plays later, C.J. attempted to tackle someone who was noticeably bigger than him, and took a knee to the center of his head in the process.
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