Illinois defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree suffered a life-altering spinal injury last summer. A swimming incident in Florida left Roundtree in a hospital for several months and has limited his ability to walk.
Roundtree is currently rehabbing as he recovers from that spinal injury that summer. The former defensive lineman for the Fighting Illini frequently posts videos about his workouts, showing just how far along he’s progressed in such a short amount of time.
It’s all part of a few goals Roundtree has for himself moving forward.
“I’ve still got goals to reach, and I’ll reach them,” Roundtree told reporters during a Zoom meeting, according to FightingIllini.com. “I just want to show everybody that anything is possible.”
Roundtree’s biggest goal? He wants to be able to walk again within the next five years.
“Five years from now, I see myself walking again and traveling around with my Mom,” Roundtree said.
Already, Roundtree has come a long way in his rehab. So far, in fact, that many of the individuals who have worked with him say that he’s been progressing at an incredible rate, even exceeding their expectations.
“They didn’t expect me to be where I’m at this soon,” he said. “When somebody tells me I can’t do something, I’ll prove them wrong. It might take me a couple of tries, but I’m going to do it.”
Even though he’s unable to suit up for the Illini on Saturday afternoons, Roundtree is still sending an incredible message to the people around him.