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Footballer breaks neck during Turlock game
injured football player
A player on the Merced County Jets suffered a broken neck Saturday during a game in Turlock and was taken by Medi-flight to a hospital. - photo by Photo Contributed

A semi-pro football player sustained a serious injury Saturday afternoon during a game in Turlock and had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment, according to the Turlock Fire Department.

The injured man, identified as David Delgado, played for the Merced County Jets. A Go Fund Me page established for Delgado states he broke his neck and sustained a spinal cord injury during the game against the Cen Cal Sol of Fresno on Saturday afternoon in Turlock.

Manvir Basra, a co-owner of the football team, started the Go Fund Me page for his player and said that “only time will tell if he will fully recover.” 
“It's going to be a difficult road for David and his wife Lesley,” Basra said. “If you can help in any way it will be greatly appreciated. If you can't financially, then just please keep David and Lesley and the family in your prayers.”

Delgado’s family stated he underwent surgery on Sunday and will be transferred to a live-in rehabilitative facility to undergo physical therapy.

It’s unknown at this time how Delgado sustained his injury during the play. At the end of the play, while the other players were moving around, Delgado was still on the ground, which prompted officials to come take a look at him. Emergency personnel were summoned to the scene and the Turlock Fire Department requested an air ambulance land at Turlock High School for Delgado’s transportation to a hospital.

The Merced County Jets minor league football team was founded in April 2016 and coached by Charles Washington. The team plays some of their home games in Atwater and others in Turlock. Delgado’s teammates will be wearing his number 23 on their helmets in his honor, according to the team’s Facebook page.

The go Fund Me page is available at