Winter issues statement on accident involving five student-athletes

By Jacob Knabel on Oct. 5, 2016 in Football

SEWARD, Neb. – Five student-athletes and members of the Concordia University football program were involved in a single vehicle accident that occurred Sunday evening (Oct. 2) in southwest Butler County. Two of the five were quickly treated and released from the hospital. The three others remain at Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Neb., as of mid-day Wednesday. Of those three, two continue to receive treatment in the intensive care unit. All student-athletes involved are in a conscious state and have been in communication with head football coach Vance Winter.

Family members, friends and teammates have visited frequently in the days since the accident. Winter issued the following statement.

"On Sunday evening there was a single vehicle crash that involved five of our student athletes from the football program. We are extremely thankful for the amazing work of law enforcement and the rescue squads of the community for their incredible response to this accident. I am also extremely proud of the leadership our team has shown in supporting these young men and their families. On behalf of the Bulldog football team, the student body and the entire Concordia community, we pray for a speedy and full recovery for these young men. We will be here to support these young men and their families through their recovery.”

Media inquiries regarding the accident should be directed to Jake Knabel, Director of Athletic Communications. He can be reached at or at 563-543-1439.