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  • Written by Frank Gogola

‘I didn’t know if I was going to die or what,’ Richards’

star QB said after being shot on Memorial Day

Richards’ dual-threat quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogerspage-1-2-col-hasan-black-and-whiteRichards’ quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers poses during a break Saturday at a 7-on-7 tournament. Rogers missed just one practice this summer – mandated by his coach – despite getting shot in the stomach on Memorial Day. Photo by Frank Gogola. wasn’t at first too concerned if he would ever play football again after he had been the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting.
He was more concerned if he would even be alive the next day.
Muhammad-Rogers, one of the top returning football players in the area, said he was on his bike in the front yard of his dad’s house in Dolton, preparing for a Memorial Day barbeque, when a bullet from a drive-by shooting hit him in the right side of the abdomen, went through and got stuck in the left side. He got up and ran into his dad’s house and an ambulance brought him to a hospital.
“As soon as it happened there was a lot going through my head,” Muhammad-Rogers said Monday night. “When I was in the ambulance I didn’t know if I was going to die or what.”
He arrived at the hospital, was soon in stable condition, and the senior-to-be said doctors told him the bullet was a couple inches away from hitting an organ but his abs were strong enough to the stop the bullet. However, the doctors told him they might have to leave the bullet in him based on its location to his organs.
“With the bullet not being taken out I didn’t think I’d play again,” he said. “But the doctors talked it over and decided they could take it out.”
He had surgery the next day -- May 27. He was back home the following day.
His name was not released in news stories but friends and rivals were shaken up by the news on social media and a #prayfor8 popped up on Twitter shortly after the shooting.
“May be a rival on the field but this man is my friend. He better make it through,” wrote former Marist wide receiver Flynn Nagel, who is attending Lemont High School. “Keep praying for Hasan.’’
He was ready to go for the Bulldogs’ first practice on June 9 but coach Tony Sheehan made his signalcaller stand on the sidelines that day. But the following day he was back taking snaps.
“I didn’t want to miss practice because I had to be there with my guys,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “I was a little sore, but being the captain I didn’t want to show anything. I was setting an example that pain is weakness leaving the body. It wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.”
He said he’s “still a little sore” but “will be ready for the season,” planning to guide the Bulldogs back to a state title game. Last year, they made it to the Class 6A championship and lost to Batavia 34-14.
“He’s looked good, but you can tell he’s not moving the same,” Sheehan said. “He’s sore in his midsection, but he’s getting breaks on certain things so that he’s not forcing it too much.”
Muhammad-Rogers has received college offers from Indiana State, Illinois State, Northern Iowa and North Dakota, but – he said he won’t make a decision until after the season.
Sheehan said Muhammad-Rogers is working harder, taking a leadership role and has “a newfound appreciation for a lot of things.”
“Now I just do everything to the fullest because I never know when it’s going to be over,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “That last play could be your last ever, so I never take anything for granted.”