Injured St. Pete football player receives support

Author: Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The Northeast High School football player who lost much of his right leg following an in-game injury is receiving an outpouring of support.

The Tampa Bay Times ( ) reports the St. Petersburg school’s football program has started a fund with the goal of raising $50,000 to help Leshawn Williams’ family pay for medical expenses. Williams was injured Friday night during a game against Clearwater High School.

In addition, Steve Cumberland of 50 Legs charity foundation that helps those who lose limbs has vowed to provide Williams with a prosthetic leg along with rehabilitation.

Late Tuesday the 17-year-old remained in intensive care at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Coach Jeremy Frioud says Williams has also received a lot of support through messages posted to his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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