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UPDATE: Tyler Burton rehabilitates one year after near-fatal attack

Published On: Oct 02 2013 01:23:38 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2013 01:27:51 PM CDT
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REDDING, Calif. -

It's been almost one year since former Shasta College football player Tyler Burton was attacked in Chico.  He was critically injured and on life support before he made a remarkable recovery.

Burton's father Roger recently attended a Shasta College football game and shared how Tyler is recovering.

"(He's) doing great, doing great. Thank God for everything," said Roger Burton.   "And for everybody who was involved in him helping him with this support. It's been unbelievable."

Tyler was a running back for Shasta College when he was injured in October 2012.    He was punched after a party in Chico, leaving him in critical condition.  

Tyler will not return to competitive football, but he remains very active.  Roger said his son, whom he calls TK, is staying in Bakersfield rehabilitating.
"Tyler is just doing awesome. TK is doing awesome," said Roger.  "He's walking without a cane. He's still impaired in his left arm, but that's coming along. He's swimming the length of a pool, which is just unbelievable."

Tyler recently celebrated his 22nd birthday, and Roger couldn't be more thrilled with his progress.  Last year, doctors advised him to consider removing Tyler from life support, before he made his incredible comeback.

"I'm so grateful and happy. Our son is with us today."

Roger Burton said he struggles with the notion that the suspect, Andres Rodriguez, faces at most four years in prison.  But Tyler's condition might last forever.