Ex-NFL Player Richard Collier Learns To Walk For His Wedding Day

(11/17/2010) Richard Collier had made a promise to those close to him that he would stand for his July wedding, that he would remove the veil from his bride’s face and kiss her when pronounced man and wife. As he promised, he was standing, and his empty wheelchair was off to the side. Collier, 29, a former offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was left paralyzed from the waist down and had his left leg amputated after he suffered multiple gunshot wounds — 14 to be exact — in an ambush-style shooting in early 2008. Collier’s life hung in balance for weeks, he underwent 15 surgeries and, to this day, continues to deal with medical problems. His doctors say he will never walk again. According to a FanHouse reporter, Collier said,
“I will never let people tell me what I can’t do.” “I plan on walking again. I really do. I don’t doubt myself, I don’t put limits on myself. I wake up every day and I smile and I laugh because I’m alive. They have told me I would never walk again, but, man, I stood at my wedding the entire time. I really wanted to stand tall at my wedding, to show people this is what I’ve been doing for the last year and a half.”
“And I got to kiss my wife standing up.” This is so sweet. See we have to be grateful over simple things. Follow me www.twitter.com/IamCourtneyLuv

11 responses to “Ex-NFL Player Richard Collier Learns To Walk For His Wedding Day”

  1. Nika says:

    aww, that is so sweet. God Bless him and the happy couple!

  2. nothing bad to say here…thats a beautiful thing…

  3. Charlene says:

    God was smiling on him that day! That’s good news! God bless them!

  4. lil cous says:

    That was really sweet, he brought a tear to my eye about standing tall the whole time of the ceremony and kissing his wife.. Be blessed, you will get through this by the grace of God.

  5. Shay says:


  6. Daniel says:

    Wow this is truly amazing and inspiring. God bless him and his family.

  7. Brina says:

    Wow this amazing and touching:)

  8. lollipop says:

    man, im from Jacksonville Florida, and im still here as well going on 12 years, and i remember this story, i believe he was shot on the Northside of Jacksonville. Thats such a horrendous tragedy, but a beautiful ending, If he believes he can walk again, whos to say he wont? some doctors are Wrong, very few, but God is the true doctor, keep ya head up angel, 🙂 #allsmiles

  9. in awe says:

    cosign@ lollipop

  10. Ateya says:

    Wonderful story

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