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Paul Newberry | The Associated Press | October 3, 2015

Georgia recognizes injured Southern player at game vs. Alabama

  The family of Devon Gales were recognized during the first quarter.

Georgia recognized injured Southern University player Devon Gales at its big game against Alabama.

During a break early in the first quarter, Gales’ parents came out onto the field at Sanford Stadium, receiving a rousing cheer from the crowd of more than 91,000.

The website for a fundraising campaign to help pay for Gales’ care was shown on the video board: 

Gales sustained a severe neck injury last Saturday in a loss to Georgia. He has since been transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where his body movement is limited mostly to his wrists, shoulders and biceps. But the player is reported to be in good spirits, telling family members and friends that he hopes to make a full recovery.

Gales is expected to be hospitalized for at least two months.

The Georgia community has rallied around Gales. Coach Mark Richt and several players have visited him in the hospital. Richt has also urged all Georgia fans to contribute to Gales’ care.

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