Former Illinois DL Bobby Roundtree, Who Was Paralyzed In Swimming Accident, Dies At Age 23
Bobby Roundtree has tragically lost his life at the tender age of 23. Illinois announced Roundtree’s death on Friday.
The former Illinois defensive lineman was paralyzed in a 2019 swimming accident ahead of his third season with the team. He suffered a spinal cord injury in May of 2019 after he jumped off a boat and into the intracoastal waterway while swimming with others.
Then-Illinois coach Lovie Smith said that Roundtree was “exactly what you want in a student-athlete.”
Roundtree last posted a video of his rehab on July 12.
Before the injury, Roundtree was a standout defensive end on Lovie Smith’s team, having had four sacks in 2017, and boosted that total to 7.5 in 2018, which was a part of his 13.5 tackles for loss on the season.