Nov. 17, 2008
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman tight end Larry Hedden's football career is over after suffering a dislocated knee in Saturday's football game against Georgia Southern, according to Furman head athletic trainer Phil Hedrick.
The dislocation resulted in tears in all three ligaments in his right knee, including the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, and lateral collateral ligaments. Hedden, a 6-foot-5 junior from Birmingham, Ala., underwent three hours of surgery on Sunday at Greenville's St. Francis Hospital, where he remains Monday afternoon.
"This has been a really tough season for Larry on many fronts, and what he is going through now is felt by everyone associated with Furman football," said Paladin head coach Bobby Lamb on Moday. "He will continue to occupy our minds and our hearts, and we look forward to welcoming him back to campus very soon."
A consensus All-Southern Conference first team selection in 2007 after catching 36 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns, he sustained a shoulder injury in the preseason and missed Furman's first two games before returning to the field against Colgate, catching two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in a 42-21 Paladin victory. Two weeks later he registered another touchdown catch in a 35-10 win over Chattanooga.
On Oct. 13 Hedden lost his father, Tim Hedden, to cancer.