San Jose State linebacker Jared Leaf is back on the football field almost a year after suffering second- and third-degree burns while escaping an apartment fire.
"Jared is taking another step on his comeback trail," Ron Caragher, San Jose State’s football coach told the Mercury News. "We'll see how he does. It really comes down to the strength of the skin because he's still recovering. But I think he's rounding third base in his recovery."
Leaf was a starting linebacker for the Spartans last spring before he awoke to a smoke-filled third-floor apartment on April 23. To escape the blaze, Leaf went to a nearby window, took a deep breath, and then ran through a living room of black smoke and flames to get out of the engulfed room.
Leaf was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center after suffering second- and third-degree burns throughout his upper body, neck, arms and hands. He was in the burn unit for 40 days, placed in a medically induced coma for his first two weeks there and nearlyRead More »from SJSU LB returns to football a year after nearly dying in fire