“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
For those that do not know, Mealer is a RS freshman from Wauseon, Ohio that sat out last year due to a torn rotartor cuff. His family and girlfriend was in a car accident on Christmas Eve 2007. The car was struck on the driver side and both his father and girlfriend were killed during or soon after the accident. Additionally, Elliott's brother was on the passenger side front and was trapped inside the car. Elliott tried to rescue his brother from the car and this is how he tore his rotartor cuff. Soon after the accident Elliott's brother was claimed to be paralyzed from the waist down.
The accident happened one week before Carr retired. When RR came in he was very accepting of Elliott's condition and circumstance. RR told Elliott that no matter if he can ever play a down for Michigan, he will always have a scholarship at Michigan. Elliott's brother is also making progress, I heard today that he is walking with assistance now and is swimming.
This is a great story, reminds me of the ESPN make a wish stories or something like that. I hope everyone gets a chance to watch this. I don't know if it is because I am from Toledo, Ohio (not that far from Wauseon) but I am really pulling for Elliott and his family.
Here is a link to the story by a Toledo news station.
Also a link to the mgoblue.com page (check out the two videos...great stuff)