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Family and Friends Comfort UO Player After Attack

January 25, 2010

By Heather Hintze

EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A number of players from the University of Oregon’s football team spent all day Sunday at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend waiting to see their injured teammate.

“Being away from him, you just worry even more, just not knowing what the circumstances were,” Leslie Beard, Rob’s mother.

Leslie flew from California as soon as she could to be with her son. On Sunday night, Rob was admitted into the ICU at RiverBend with multiple facial fractures, including a fractured nose, but he’s on his way to recovery.

“He’s stable and in a little bit of pain, but he’ll come through this okay. He’s had a tremendous amount of support from the football and athletic community. That’s really given him a lot of comfort and given me a lot of comfort as well to see the amount of people that really care about him,” she said.

Police say the incident happened near 17th and Patterson in Eugene on Saturday night. Rob’s friends say the hardest part is not knowing what exactly went on.

“I really hope that they find these people because it’s really a scary situation, knowing they’re walking around right now. It’s not fair to him, and I hope he gets better,” said Amanda Pflugrad, a University of Oregon cheerleader.

Pflugrad is one of Rob’s close friends. She says she’s been in contact with the football team throughout the weekend to get updates on Rob’s condition.

“He’s always just been a really nice guy and people have always said really nice things. The people that he lives with are really nice as well. So, he has a lot of really good friends that are pulling for him now,” said Pflugrad.

If you have any information about what happened during the fight, call Eugene Police.

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