El Dorado Hills rugby player Robert Paylor, who was paralyzed during a national championship match between Cal and Arkansas State, received this heartfelt video from Jesuit High School student-athletes and coach Marquese Smith wishing him a speedy recovery. Paylor played four years of rugby at the Carmichael school. Video courtesy Jesuit High School
El Dorado Hills rugby player Robert Paylor, who was paralyzed during a national championship match between Cal and Arkansas State, received this heartfelt video from Jesuit High School student-athletes and coach Marquese Smith wishing him a speedy recovery. Paylor played four years of rugby at the Carmichael school. Video courtesy Jesuit High School
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May 11, 2017 6:18 PM

‘Get up, Robert, get up.’ Dad discusses Cal rugby star’s paralyzing injury and recovery

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Joe Davidson has covered sports for The Sacramento Bee since 1988. He's an award-winning authority on high school sports, specializing in going behind the scenes to report on what makes teams and athletes unique. Though Davidson has been accused of being a graduate of Del Oro, De La Salle, Elk Grove, Franklin, Grant, Granite Bay, Jesuit, Oak Ridge, Rocklin, St. Francis and many other local schools, he attended high school in Oregon, where he participated in football and track.

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