Nebraska football legend and former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers has reportedly been hospitalized in an Omaha intensive care unit with COVID-19.
Rodgers’ business partner, Denny Drake, revealed that the College Football Hall of Famer was hospitalized on Thanksgiving morning with the virus at Nebraska Medical Center, per the Omaha World-Herald. After originally improving upon his arrival to the hospital, Rodgers developed pneumonia and took a turn for the worse last week, which led to him being place in the ICU on Tuesday.
Thankfully, Rodgers, 70, has supposedly improved and is “feeling much better.”
“He was pretty weak until late yesterday,” Drake said Sunday afternoon, per the World-Herald. “He called me this morning, and his voice sounded good. He said he had taken a turn toward recovery and was feeling much better.”
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During the first weekend of Rodgers’ hospital stay, his wife posted a message on Facebook.
“I am thankful for my children and family, and thankful for the many friends … that I have,” the statement read, per the World-Herald. “Thank you for the years, and years of support and showing me you care. …
“In our lives, we will face many kinds of adversaries. In our flesh, we might feel that there is no hope, that no one cares about us. But these are moments to keep praying, to ‘keep alert and be thankful.’ Yes, to thank God, confident that He hears our prayers and that we can trust Him.”
Rodgers, nicknamed “The Jet,” is one of the best players in Nebraska history. After playing on the Huskers’ national championship teams in 1970 and 1971, he went on to win the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1972. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Stay tuned for updates on this developing situation.