Danny Wuerffel on the road to recovery

By Adam Silverstein
June 22, 2011

A few weeks ago, Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel was diagnosed with and hospitalized for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which, as the Mayo Clinc puts it, “your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.” Though he is not forced to stay in the hospital overnight, Wuerffel has been undergoing extensive treatment for the disease in an effort to recover from it as quickly as possible.

He continues to receive outpatient treatment and is on the road to recovery. Wednesday morning, Wuerffel released the following message to friends and fans through Desire Street Ministries, of which he is the executive director.

Dear friends,

I’m not sure how to begin other than to say how grateful I am for all your love, prayers and support these past few weeks. It’s truly been unbelievable! My family and I feel so loved, and we can literally sense your prayers coming our way.

I seem to get just a little bit better each day, and feel confident that the worst is behind me. I feel so grateful as my experience with Guillain Barre (why couldn’t the Drs that discovered this syndrome have been named Smith/Davis or something) seems to have been on the mild end of the spectrum. While it’s quite scary to literally sense your body moving towards being paralyzed, I was diagnosed pretty quickly and started treatments right away (and like many health issues, I think the tests and treatments caused as much pain and discomfort as the actual syndrome did). I’ll finish the 2nd round of treatment today, then see the Dr this afternoon to find out what’s next. Most likely, I’ll be free to leave Birmingham.

I can currently stand and walk very slowly, and my arms seem to work pretty well (just very weak). I’d say I feel less like I’m paralyzed and more like I’m just very weak. I got a little cocky trying to walk yesterday and was a little humbled. I didn’t pass out, I just got real sleepy while standing (that’s my story :)). My next assignment for the next several weeks will be to rest, recover and start physical therapy. All signs are pointing towards a good recovery. There is a chance my reflexes and coordination may not fully recover. Please pray that isn’t the case.

Pray I will use this time wisely. Pray I will hear God’s voice clearly and that this will be what author Richard Rohr calls “Liminal” time, or time at the threshold where God puts us in a strange situation (usually challenging ones where we aren’t in control) where we are most apt to listen and grow. “Business as usual” usually doesn’t lead to transformation.

I’m grateful for this time.

I look forward to coming back a better man and leader.

I am a blessed man.

God bless,


Wuerffel has requested that any gifts, donations or letters of support be made to DSM rather than him personally. Should you wish to send any of the aforementioned, please direct them to adam@, and I will forward them to the appropriate contact.


  1. CeeThree says:

    best wishes go out to Danny and his family, one of my all-time favorites and biggest idols. Go Gators!

  2. smartgator says:

    i may be jewish but im prayin for you danny boy

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