Oregon Duck football players visit Harrisburg teen injured in crash

"I appreciate what they're doing for me ... didn't realize how many people love me," Jimmy Holland said.

Posted: Jan 25, 2019 7:21 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2019 7:49 PM

EUGENE Ore. -- Some Oregon Duck football players spent some time off the field to make a very special visit on Friday.

Five players from the team visited Jimmy Holland, the 16-year-old from Harrisburg who lost his leg after an alleged drunk driver hit him on Dec. 26. 

RELATED: Harrisburg teen loses leg after being hit by alleged drunk driver

"It was cool ... a pretty big surprise," Holland said.

He's now recovering at a rehab center after being treated at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield.

"The only thing I get pains out of is my arm I broke -- my arm and my foot and I get phantom pains sometimes, but that's about it," Holland said. 

The players said the second they heard about Holland, they knew they wanted to stop by.

"I think we just really need to take situations like this that happen in our community and really just be there for our community," offensive lineman Shane Lemieux said. 

"For Jimmy it might have meant a lot if we came by, and it could definitely raise his spirits," offensive lineman Brady Aiello said. "And that alone gave us reason to come by."

Ryan Bay, Brady Aiello, Shane Lemieux, Jacob Breeland and Charlie Landgraf didn't show up empty-handed either. They rounded up shoes, gloves and other mementos. Even players who couldn't visit Jimmy at the rehab center sent signed items.

"We all wanted to come together and definitely show him some support," Aiello said. 

Jimmy's mom, Jennifer, said she has been amazed how the community has stepped up to help their family.

"The outreach from the players, the community, it is so amazing to see everyone and how they've taken our family and made him their priority," she said. "It fills our hearts."

"I appreciate what they're doing for me ... didn't realize how many people love me," Jimmy Holland said.

Jennifer said they're hoping he can go home next week. Then, he'll soon head to Portland for intensive physical therapy and to be fitted for a prosthetic leg.

If you'd like to help with medical bills, friends and family have set up an account for them at Key Bank.

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