A visit with Derek Jeter at spring training camp is one of many surprises for former Wichita State baseball star Carl Hall on Sunday night’s season premiere of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
“I don’t like the Yankees, but I love him,” he says.
“We spent about 20 minutes talking. I said ‘Hey, you know, I admire you for what you do on the field and I admire you for not being a jackass in real life.’”
Hall, the 1994 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, has been confined to a wheelchair since last summer, when his Dodge Suburban rolled over while he was teaching his 15 year-old daughter to drive.
“Everybody came out okay except for me,” Carl tells XFinityTV. “Part of the vehicle struck me in the head and broke my neck at the c3, 4 and 5 level and rendered me a quadriplegic.”
His story came to the attention of producers for the ABC show and in February, Hall and his family were sent on a Florida vacation while the whole community pitched in to make over his Kansas home.
Hall – who was laid off from his pharmaceutical sales job 11 days before the accident and is now about to lose his health insurance – had moved his high school sweetheart and their four children in a rented condo since the accident. Their longtime bi-level home contained many steps and was not wheel-chair accessible.
“We continue to get things in the mail or people calling us to offer help or anything they can do,” Carl says.
“The whole experience was extremely humbling,” he tells us. “I am used to doing things for my family. And doing things for other people. To have people do for you feels good, but at the same time, it makes you feel a little helpless.
People say we are inspirational to them. But the people who worked on this house are inspirational to us.”