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Switzerland County Player Seriously Injured In Football Game

Posted On October 09, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Colton Schirmer suffered a serious neck injury while playing in a high school football game on Friday, October 6. Photo provided.

(Greensburg, Ind.) – A Switzerland County High School football player is recovering after suffering a serious injury in a game Friday night.

The Pacers’ loss at North Decatur took a back seat to concerns about freshman player Colton Schirmer. He was left motionless on the field after taking a legal hit in the first quarter of the game.

Schirmer was placed on a stretcher and flown from the field to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Coach Ryan Jesop has been updating Pacers football fans on Facebook. He said Schirmer suffered a fracture to two vertebrae. He was in the intensive care unit and underwent surgery.

“Some of the coaches just left Colton as he drifted off to sleep while watching…you guessed it, football. We hope our visits help brighten the long road to recovery he is surely facing. We gave him a “Dirty Bird” shirt, which had the motto Embrace the Grind printed on the back, and left it draped over the end of his bed facing him,” said Jesop.

The teen has had some and feeling in his legs. However, a long road to recovery is expected for Colton.

“As always, continue to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Jesop.

A GoFundMe page to assist the Schirmer family with medical expenses has been set up by Coach Jesop at https://www.gofundme.com/pacers-for-colton-schirmer.