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Corey Wilson Inspires Sooners Before Bedlam

Former Oklahoma Wide Receiver Corey Wilson Takes His First Public Steps Befoer the Bedlam Game (AP Photo) Former Oklahoma Wide Receiver Corey Wilson Takes His First Public Steps Befoer the Bedlam Game (AP Photo)

Originally Published: Nov 29, 2009 11:55 AM CDT

Gerald Goodridge
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY -- On Feb. 28, 2009 football was the furthest thing from the minds of Sooner Nation.

Sophomore wide receiver Corey Wilson was traveling on Interstate 35 when his SUV collided with another vehicle. Wilson’s car went off the highway, flipped twice and Wilson was ejected 45 feet from the car.

Wilson was hospitalized with serious injuries, including a spinal cord injury, and rumors circulated that the once promising wide receiver would never walk again.

In August, Wilson announced his plans to walk onto the field during the Sooners’ final home game of the season, and when Wilson asked to participate in the Senior Day activities during the Bedlam Game, head coach Bob Stoops approved the young man’s desire.

Exactly nine months after Wilson’s life could have ended, he rose out of his wheelchair and moved the most important five yards of the day.

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