UVA Football’s Perris Jones Remains in Medical Care. Here’s How To Wish Him Well

November 20, 2023
Perris Jones at a UVA vs. UNC Football game

Senior running back Perris Jones had 67 yards on 14 carries in UVA’s upset win over the University of North Carolina on Oct. 21. (UVA Athletics photo)

Perris Jones, the University of Virginia football player who underwent successful spine surgery following an injury suffered in the Cavaliers’ Nov. 9 game against the University of Louisville, remains in Kentucky for continued care.

The senior running back was transferred late last week from the U of L Medical Center to the Frazier Rehabilitation Institute in Louisville, where he’s expected to remain for several weeks. Jones has been able to walk briefly. 

UVA head coach Tony Elliott visited Jones last Tuesday and said he was encouraged by the senior running back’s perspective in light of the difficult situation. 

“We were talking about how everything happened,” Elliott said, referring to the third quarter play that caused the injury, “and [Jones] said, ‘I remember laying on the ground and once [UVA Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine Kelli Pugh] and everybody kind of calmed me down and stabilized me, I remember closing my eyes and saying, ‘God, I’m listening.’ And for a young man to say that, it inspired me as a 43-year-old man who’s been through a lot.”

Elliott said the Wahoos had Jones on their mind on Saturday when they defeated Duke University, 30-27, at Scott Stadium. 

Those wanting to send Jones a note or card can address them to:

Perris Jones
c/o UVA Football
290 Massie Road
Charlottesville VA 22903 

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