BY Rick Karle,

It’s in instances like these that we disregard our team allegiances and pray from our hearts. Friday night at the NCAA Regionals, Auburn gymnastics star Sam Cerio suffered gruesome injuries during the floor exercise. As Sam made a strong pass and flipped into the air, she landed awkwardly: Screaming in pain, Sam was boarded and carried off the floor. is reporting that both of Sam’s legs were broken and both knees were dislocated- the LSU medical staff in Baton Rouge did a superb job rushing to Sam to care for her.

Sam Cerio has done everything right, from acing her classes to dominating competition- in fact she was recently named the SEC Co-Scholar-Athlete Of The Year. She’s the president of the Auburn Athlete Advisory Committee and will graduate next month with a degree in aerospace engineering.

Being a successful division one athlete is incredibly difficult, and Sam has been a perfect example of how it’s done. I’m not going to post video or pictures of the injury (I’m just not going to do it), but rather this picture of Samantha Cerio in happier times that comes to me from Auburn athletics.

I hope that you can keep Sam, her parents Michael & Becky, and all of her teammates in your thoughts and prayers over the weekend. We’re all together in this thing called life. 🙏