Football's Safety Simba Hodari Leaves Game On Stretcher

Nov 3, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) - Stanford safety Simba Hodari left Saturday's game againstWashington with a concussion. He was moved onto a stretcher on the field andtaken by ambulance to a hospital.

On-field medics conducted tests to check for spinal cord injuries and hepassed those, able to move his extremities.

The game was delayed about 10 minutes after he was hurt with 1:34 left inthe third quarter. Hodari was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where anursing supervisor said he was conscious but in serious condition. Doctors werechecking for possible head or other injuries.

Dozens of Washington players got down on their knees to pray for Hodari, a6-foot-1, 208-pound senior from Worthington, Ohio. The crowd of 72,090 clappedrepeatedly for him.

A year ago, Washington safety Curtis Williams was paralyzed from the neckdown while making a tackle during an Oct. 28 game at Stanford.

Also leaving Saturday's game were Cardinal receiver Kerry Carter and Huskiessplit end Wilbur Hooks Jr., both with shoulder injuries.

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