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‘This is just home for me’: Jesuit grad returns to place where he was paralyzed

Paralyzed Cal rugby player Robert Paylor moves from chair to bed

Robert Paylor, the 20-year-old Jesuit High graduate who suffered a crushed vertebrae during a national rugby championship match, is helped from a chair to his bed in this video that was posted on his GoFundMe page.
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Robert Paylor, the 20-year-old Jesuit High graduate who suffered a crushed vertebrae during a national rugby championship match, is helped from a chair to his bed in this video that was posted on his GoFundMe page.

Robert Paylor recently made his first trip back to the place where he suffered a major injury.

The Jesuit High product from El Dorado Hills attended Cal rugby's homecoming more than nine months after being paralyzed from the chest down during the national championship match.

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Paylor was at Witter Rugby Field in Berkeley on Saturday for the two-day, four-team Cal Invitational which also featured Army, UCLA and the Claremont Colleges.

"It has been an extremely long time since I've been here," Paylor said in a video produced by Cal. "This is just home for me."

Paylor suffered the injury May 6, as Cal secured its second consecutive national title with a 43-13 victory over Arkansas State. He has since received more than $800,000 toward his rehabilitation through an online fundraiser and received a visit from actor Bill Murray.

On Saturday, he was greeted by fans, well-wishers and teammates.

"It's just awesome to be here with my teammates and see them again, I love them so much," Paylor said. "They've been here to carry me throughout this whole process."

Viewers can see more about Paylor's story March 25 on "Pac-12 Sports Report," airing on Pac-12 Network.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;It&#39;s awesome to see how far he&#39;s come.&quot; - Eric Vande Griend, Physical Therapist on <a href="https://twitter.com/CalVarsityRugby?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CalVarsityRugby</a> Robert Paylor&#39;s recovery. <br><br>Don&#39;t miss the full feature airing Sunday, March 25 on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pac12SR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Pac12SR</a>. <a href="https://t.co/XQAYUvxkU3">pic.twitter.com/XQAYUvxkU3</a></p>&mdash; Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pac12Network/status/972653672827035649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 11, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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