Former Marcos De Niza football kicker Krysten Muir partially paralyzed after rollover car crash

Posted at 7:13 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 21:22:42-05

Krysten Muir kicked it through the uprights with regularity for the Marcos de Niza football team back in 2015 and 2016.

She was the first female to score a point in an AIA football state championship game and set the state record for points scored by a female in a season. Her story made headlines, inspiring many near and far.

"When I was in high school, I didn't understand how I made such a difference, or like why I was making a difference because I was just doing what I wanted to do," Muir said of her story garnering attention back then.

Last Sunday, Krysten and her boyfriend Austin got into a rollover car wreck returning from Payson. Both underwent procedures, but Krysten's road to recovery is a long one.

She suffered a broken vertebrae and damage to her spinal cord. She is facing partial paralysis from the waist down.

"It's definitely such a weird feeling not being able to move my legs, but I'm glad that I can have some sensation of them, and I can at least twitch muscles and kick up my left foot now, and I can almost do it with my right. I am going to keep pushing like I do with this like how I've done with any practices, any sports. I'm just going to try and push myself every day and be better."

Muir started tackling physical therapy on Wednesday, and will do so for three hours a day every day, trying to walk again.

A GoFundMe has been set up in her name for the extensive medical needs and the family home that now requires wheelchair modifications. Their $100,000 goal has already reached nearly $23,000 in just 4 days.

"I didn't really expect that at all," Muir said fighting back tears. "I'm really grateful for that, and I feel really blessed about that. I wish I could like give them something. I don't know how to thank them enough, but they are really pushing me through it."