NORMAN — It was just over four years ago that Corey Wilson’s life was dramatically altered. On Feb. 27, 2009, he was traveling from Norman back to his native Carrollton, Texas, for a quick trip before the start of spring practice when the SUV he was driving collided with a pickup truck and started to roll.
Wilson was thrown 45 feet from the wreckage and left without the use of his legs and a promising football career that was suddenly over.
The new focus he’s found in life was evident Friday night at the Norman North High School Gym. It was the site of the first annual Stoops’ All-Stars Ball For A Cause. The charity basketball game featured two dozen former Oklahoma football players and helped raise money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
It’s an event Wilson has been planning for 10 months and one he’ll start arranging again today.
“Growing up, I always wanted to be Superman, so I always knew about Christopher Reeve,” Wilson said. “Once I got into the accident, I’ve wanted to work with them.”
The Reeve Foundation was created to help “cure spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.”
Wilson wants to help any way he can. Luckily, he has former teammates who will do anything for him.
The second weekend in April is when most former OU football players make a trek to Norman. It’s the weekend of the annual spring football game. For those playing in the NFL, it’s the only time of year when professional football doesn’t get in the way.
Many were there Friday night — including former OU offensive lineman Trent Williams, running back Dominique Whaley, tight end Jermaine Gresham, linebacker Keenan Clayton and defensive end Jeremy Beal.