November 30, 2021

Paralyzed Cal rugby player Robert Paylor to walk for his college graduation this weekend

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — We by no means actually know the way life can change straight away, till it occurs. Robert Paylor is aware of all too properly. “In one moment I was living my dream. In the next, my worst nightmare.”

The Robert Paylor we see immediately is now not the bodily specimen he used to be on Could 6, 2017.

Whereas enjoying Rugby for Cal within the NCAA Nationwide Championship sport, he slammed to the bottom and broke his neck. He turned a quadriplegic. The medical doctors weren’t optimistic.

“They said, ‘Robert, your injury is so bad you will never walk again or move your hands. You will be lucky to lift a piece of pizza.'”

It’s a story informed many instances within the Cal athletic group. One which Robert has informed much more as he turned the worst second of his life right into a cause for living—to encourage individuals as a public speaker.

Robert has addressed graduating courses at Berkeley in digital commencements twice.

However the pandemic has made it unattainable for him to walk for his diploma.

On Sunday, that may change. Together with the remainder of his 2020 class, he’ll walk on his personal two ft for his enterprise diploma.

Sure, Robert Paylor has made that a lot progress. With the help of a walker, he can go 300 yards. Ten will suffice.

“I hope that when people see me walk across that stage, they will see themselves overcoming their own challenges.”

Each considered one of us has such challenges. Robert Paylor’s walk will be the final and most essential lesson from 4 lengthy years full of them.

“Those ten yards are going to be the most important ten yards of my life.”