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Florida State Player Lucky To Be Alive After Skydiving Accident

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 4, 2013)--Florida State University senior baseball player Stephen Spradling, 23, remained hospitalized Friday in Melbourne, Fla., after suffering multiple injuries Sunday in a skydiving accident.

He underwent surgery to have rods and plates inserted into his hip.

Spradling was injured after making a faster landing than normal and was forced to adjust his fall roughly 100 feet above ground to avoid a potentially fatal collision with another skydiver.

Florida State coach Mike Martin said he's thankful Spradling survived the accident.

Spradling, who’s from Boynton Beach, will be hospitalized for a few weeks and in a wheelchair for some time during his recovery.

Martin said he wasn't sure whether the injuries would be career ending or when Spradling may be able to return to Florida State.


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