Navy Quarterback Hospitalized After Car Crash


Ralph "Rafi" Montalvo

U.S. Naval Academy third-string quarterback Ralph "Rafi" Montalvo is in a medically-induced coma today fighting for his life, after suffering a critical head injury in a car accident on Thanksgiving.

Montalvo's teammates are grappling with the tragedy as they prepares to play their rival Army (the U.S. Military Academy at West Point) on December 8.

Montalvo, a freshman at the Naval Academy, was the passenger in a car that crashed into a house on a very foggy night near Miami, Florida, according to the Baltimore Sun. reports alcohol was likely not a factor in the accident, which also seriously injured the driver.

The reports Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo had the jersey Montalvo was to wear for the for the Army-Navy game sent to the hospital where Montalvo is being cared for. Niumatalolo told the

"The doctors are doing the best they can. There's nothing anyone else can do. We're all praying for him."

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