TAMPA, Fla. – Florida Gators wide receiver Justin Shorter is expected to make a full recovery after taking a hit in the Gasparilla Bowl, the football team announced Friday.
The Gators posted a statement from Shorter’s family on social media, thanking the team’s staff, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, and everyone for their prayers.
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“We are happy to share that Justin is doing well, is clear to head home today and is on his way to a full recovery!” the statement read.
From the family of Justin Shorter: pic.twitter.com/BvJquqYn65— Florida Gators Football (@GatorsFB) December 24, 2021
Shorter took a hard hit against a University of Central Florida player late in the fourth quarter of the Gasparilla Bowl Thursday, knocking him unconscious. He was carried off the field on a golf cart, but the team said online that he was communicating with staff in the locker room.
The Gators lost the Gasparilla Bowl to the UCF Knights, 29-17.