TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler native, former John Tyler football player, and NFL star Gary Baxter stopped by the KLTV newsroom today and spoke with us on East Texas Now.
Baxter discussed everything from head injuries to young athletes playing multiple sports and the injuries they can receive when playing contact sports.
While speaking on East Texas Now, Baxter gave some advice to today's youth which is the whole reason behind the new Tyler institute he has opened with the help of the legendary Earl Campbell.
Project Rose Research Institute for Sports Science is one of the newest facilities to open in Tyler. It's located in the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital. The goal is to provide research and training to try and combat sports injuries.
Baxter came up with the idea several years ago while playing pro ball, after he suffered a major sports injury.
Baxter was drafted out of Baylor University in the second round, with the 62nd overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. In 2005, he signed a six-year with the Cleveland Browns. His partner on the project, Campbell, also from Tyler, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.