In May 2019, University of Illinois defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a swimming accident near his home in Largo, Fla. Bobby underwent surgery shortly after the accident in Florida and was then moved to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago.
Bobby will soon be moved from in-patient rehabilitation and into an out-patient rehabilitation facility. He also has begun taking online classes at the U of I for the remaining eight weeks of the Fall semester. He will return to our Champaign-Urbana campus in January, 2020.
His care does require many additional services above what his student insurance will cover, including but not limited to physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical care assistance, specialty diet, transportation, and housing assistance. Funds from this account will be transferred into an irrevocable trust set up for Bobby, which will pay out all medical costs.
Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith on Bobby …
"This has been devastating to his teammates, the entire Fighting Illini family and his family and friends. Bobby Roundtree is exactly what you want in a student-athlete. He is a hard worker, dependable, a dedicated student and a leader.”
Bobby started 20 of 24 games during his first two seasons at Illinois (2017, 2018), earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in 2018. He was projected as one of the Illini's top players entering his junior season in 2019.