- Jul 15, 2006
Quite a shock to hear when you remember him like thisThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a health update on Lex Luger, who suffered a severe spinal injury last October and had double hip replacement in February. Luger's health has gradually improved since the injury as he can now stand on his own for brief periods and uses a walker at times, although he lost his motor and finger skills, which are usually the last functions to come back from his particular injury. Luger is unable to lift a one-pound dumbbell, and is now down to 185 pounds. "I was one of the strongest guys on the planet. I was freaky strong before. I was bench-pressing 450 pounds my senior year of high school. I was a freak. Now I can't lift a one-pound dumbbell." Luger also added, "But God tells me that mind, body and spirit and what we are as a man is measured not by our physical strength, but our inner strength." Luger was released from the Shepard hospital in mid-March and now lives in a one-bedroom apartment across the street it, but is OK with it. "I've never been stronger or richer in spirit or as a man as I am right now," Luger said.