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Kirby Wilson faces a long road to recovery

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On the Friday before the Steelers’ season ended with a 29-23 overtime loss in Denver, running backs coach Kirby Wilson was seriously injured in a house fire.

The attachment of the label “not life-threatening” created a sense of relief, but it’s now clear that Wilson faces a long and difficult road to recovery.

The Steelers issued the following statement on behalf of Wilson’s family today, 11 days after the incident:  “Mr. Kirby Wilson remains in critical condition in the Trauma Burn Center at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh.  In addition to burns sustained over 45 percent of his body, he has suffered a smoke inhalation injury and will require multiple operative procedures in the future.”

Wilson, 50, joined the Steelers in 2007.  He also has coached with the Cardinals, Buccaneers, Redskins, and Patriots.  He spent nine years coaching at the college level.

We wish him a full, complete, and speedy recovery, and we hope that his long coaching career will be able to continue in 2012.

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11 Responses to “Kirby Wilson faces a long road to recovery”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:56 PM

    What a tragedy for Coach Wilson and his family. At least he has the best care and people looking after him. Good luck on your recovery !

  2. nineroutsider says: Jan 17, 2012 4:59 PM

    Harsh, getting burned is the worst, can’t imagine the pain he endured. Wish him nothing but the best!

  3. azbroncos says: Jan 17, 2012 5:03 PM

    Remember him here is AZ, great guy. Best wishes to him and his family

  4. rajbais says: Jan 17, 2012 5:24 PM

    Get Better Soon Kirby!!!

  5. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 17, 2012 6:42 PM

    Many people with 45% don’t survive, and those that do have a very tough road ahead. We pray for Kirby Wilson. Godspeed coach!

  6. kosarsmyidol says: Jan 17, 2012 9:04 PM

    Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery. Pittsburgh’s a good organization, so I’m sure that they’ll provide him with all of the support he needs.

  7. snccoach says: Jan 17, 2012 9:58 PM

    Worked with coach Wilson in the past. One of the best running backs coaches there is. Thoughts and prayers are with him for a speedy recovery.

  8. melikefootball says: Jan 17, 2012 11:01 PM

    Nothing but the best for Wison and his family , can’t even imagine what the road to recovery will be like.

  9. lookatthefarside says: Jan 17, 2012 11:06 PM

    Get well soon.

  10. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 17, 2012 11:16 PM

    I got worried for him when I read the words “medically induced coma”. They don’t do that lightly.

    Best Wishes and Positive Thoughts for Mr Wilson’s recovery and return to the field when the time is right.

  11. stevelibrandi says: Jan 19, 2012 3:09 PM

    best wishes from cincy, god bless him and his family. peace

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