An MRI on Monday night on Former Rice star Trevor Cobb, who won the Doak Walker award in 1991 given to the nation's best collegiate running back, confirmed he has suffered a stroke and has a blood clot in the brain area, according to his sister Angela Ward.
"He is on a ventilator, but they are gradually taking him off of it," Ward said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "They've got him sitting up.
"He wasn't sitting up at first."
Ward said her brother is alert, but because of the tubes in his mouth he cannot talk.
"He writes with his right hand," Ward said. "(Trevor writes) 'How is everybody doing.' He's very alert."
At the moment the stroke has caused Cobb's left side to be paralyzed.
"They don't know exactly what caused the stroke," Ward said. "It could be high blood pressure.
"It could be a number of things. We can't really pinpoint exactly what it is."
Cobb is in the intensive care unit at St. Lukes Hospital in the Woodlands.
"I don't think he's really that much in danger," Ward said. "He's still in ICU.
"He's looking more normal than he was before. That's why they want to gradually take him off the ventilator, because they want to make sure he's able to breathe on his own."
Cobb, who played at Dobie High School in Pasadena, won the Doak Walker Award and was a First-Team All-American after rushing for 1,692 yards and 14 touchdowns in 1991at Rice.
"God has given me peace," said Lertie Cobb, Trevor's mother. "I'm surrounded by family and Trevor is so strong.
"He's starting to make jokes with his pen. It's hard, but I'm doing good."
Trevor's mother understands all too well what her son is dealing with.
"I had a stroke about five years ago myself," Lertie Cobb said. "I kind of know what he's going through.
"It affected my left side."
Trevor Cobb's family has been overwhelmed by those reaching out to them, especially since he last played at Rice in 1992.
"It's been amazing," Lertie Cobb said. "We've been bombarded by calls and everybody wants to come see him.
"It's amazing how much people still remember him and think of him."
According to Trevor's sister, Perdita Chavis, quick thinking by his wife, Christine, on Saturday was very important.
Christine Cobb had been out running errands
"When she came back she found him slumped over the sofa," said Perdita Chavis. "He was alert because he was able to speak with her and tell her he couldn't walk.
"That's when she dialed 911."
Chavis said their doctors told the family it was very important that Christine Cobb acted without hesitation.
"Because it looks like it's going to be a long road to recovery, I'm sure there's going to be some rehabilitation involved, continued prayers and support, and we are most thankful for the outpouring of support that's going on," said Perdita Chavis.
The family invites all of Trevor's friends and former teammates to visit him in the hospital.
"We're prayer warriors," Ward said. "We believe with God's help that he's going to be healed through all of this."