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KU coach Turner Gill invites McLouth football player who lost his leg in a football game to watch KU vs. K-State game on sideline

Trevor Roberts rolls away in a wheelchair under his own power after a news conference Wednesday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. With him are his guardian Lisa Humerickhouse, center, and his girlfriend, Kelsey Campbell, of McLouth, at right. Turner Gill recently contacted the teen and invited him to be on the sidelines during the KU vs. K-State game.

Trevor Roberts rolls away in a wheelchair under his own power after a news conference Wednesday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. With him are his guardian Lisa Humerickhouse, center, and his girlfriend, Kelsey Campbell, of McLouth, at right. Turner Gill recently contacted the teen and invited him to be on the sidelines during the KU vs. K-State game.

October 11, 2010

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McLouth football player has leg amputated after accident during game

Trevor Roberts is now in the hospital after he injured his leg during a football game. He went home, but had to return when they noticed his leg was decaying. Enlarge video

From left, Trevor Roberts, Lisa Humerickhouse and Jerrad Humerickhouse talk with the media during a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at KU Hospital. The 17-year-old McLouth High senior football player lost part of his left leg after suffering a compound fracture during a game on Sept. 24. The leg subsequently contracted gangrene.

From left, Trevor Roberts, Lisa Humerickhouse and Jerrad Humerickhouse talk with the media during a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at KU Hospital. The 17-year-old McLouth High senior football player lost part of his left leg after suffering a compound fracture during a game on Sept. 24. The leg subsequently contracted gangrene.

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A fund designed to help Trevor Roberts pay medical bills and other bills associated with his injury has been established at First State Bank and Trust, which has locations in Lawrence at 609 Vt. and 3901 W. Sixth.

Saturday afternoon, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill made 17-year-old Trevor Roberts’ day with a phone call and message.

Though Roberts was thrilled to hear from KU’s first-year coach — and insisted on replaying the message for anyone who would listen — the message was nothing compared to what Gill delivered Saturday night to the young man from McLouth who lost his left leg above the knee after suffering complications from a football injury.

“When coach Gill and Trevor finally talked on Saturday night, he said he wanted the whole family on the sidelines for the Kansas State game,” Roberts’ older sister, Ashley Theroff, said.

Considering that Theroff was in charge of purchasing the 19 T-shirts for the family to wear to a recent McLouth High football game, she knew exactly what an incredible gesture that was.

“When my stepdad got on the phone with coach Gill to talk about the details, he asked him how many we had in the family,” said Theroff, one of seven children belonging to Roberts’ legal guardians Jerrad and Lisa Humerickhouse, who are KU season-ticket holders. “At first he said, ‘Four or five?’ And Jerrad said, ‘Welllll.’ After that, coach Gill said, ‘Eight or 10?’ And Jerrad said, ‘Welllll.’ I think they left it with coach Gill telling Jerrad to figure out the number, and they’d take care of the details on Monday.”

The days since the injury have been a whirlwind for Roberts, who, after fighting for his life in a hospital bed for a couple of days, bounced back to attend his homecoming Friday in McLouth, where he was crowned homecoming king.

Roberts’ family said the support shown by so many had been a wonderful distraction.

“I think he’s really, really enjoyed that,” Theroff said. “And it’s been kind of a good thing for him. I think it’s been a real positive spin on everything that’s happened.”

Comments

Mike Hoffmann 4 years, 1 month ago

Hasn't he been through enough? Why subject him to KU football?

flamingoroad 4 years, 1 month ago

Well said! It was a great gesture of Coach Gill and will be a wonderful distraction for Trevor and his family.

flamingoroad 4 years, 1 month ago

Maybe it would just be exciting for them to go and be able to see a college game from the sidelines.

That's what I'm thinking.

rgh 4 years, 1 month ago

Stedman and Bob don't realize this is real life, not a joke. The kid literally fought for his life for a few hours before having to have his leg taken off. You should think before you start joking about KU football when it's tied to such a serious issue of life and death. This kid went into surgery thinking he was going to have his leg repaired one more time only to come out without it attached at all.

Coach Gill and Coach Snyder would have both done the same thing whether this game was in Lawrence or Manhattan. Class move and Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

Jean1183 4 years, 1 month ago

Shouldn't the headline read "due to a football injury" instead of "in a football game"?

Sounds like a great kid with great guardians. Hope they enjoy the game.

greenworld 4 years, 1 month ago

Hey Trevor- Im going to try and organize and softball tournament fundraiser for you to help you with your expenses at Mclouth. I will have to get with Emery and organize it and see if I can get it in this year as it is getting late in the season. If not, I will get something going, over the summer next year. I will see what I can do. I live out at Lake Dabinawa so pretty much out in the middle of no where but come out sometime and fish or something.

Nikki Kessler Pickens 4 years, 1 month ago

Topeka news station said Trevor was back in the hospital with a high fever...prayers going up that he is okay!

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