Curtis Williams, Paralyzed Washington Football Player, Dies at Age 24

May 6, 2002

SEATTLE (AP) - Curtis Williams, paralyzed from the neck down while playingfootball for the University of Washington in October 2000, died Monday. He was24.

Williams died at his brother's home in Fresno, Calif., Washington athleticdepartment spokesman Jim Daves said.

Williams, who played safety, was injured in a helmet-to-helmet hit in a gameagainst Stanford. He had spinal-cord surgery and was left with no voluntarymuscle movement.

The Washington Huskies dedicated their victory over Purdue in the Rose Bowlin January 2001 to Williams, wearing his initials on their jerseys. Williamsattended the game.

Williams returned to the school last month to watch the Huskies' annualspring game, his first trip back since the injury.

He was six classes short of earning his degree from Washington in AmericanEthnic Studies. He had hoped to take correspondence courses and complete thework in about a year.

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