Niskayuna, NY - Bob Miller is the patriarch of the Capital Region's "first family of boxing". But the Troy native finds himself in the fight of his life, following a single car accident October 15.
Miller was left paralyzed almost completely from the neck down after suffering two fractured vertebrae. The crash occurred outside of Plattsburgh, where he had made his home in recent years. The 71-year-old is believed to have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
Surgery was performed Friday, and Miller's prognosis has been upgraded to where there is hope he can regain some function in his hands and arms. But the recovery process will be painful in many ways.
"I said to (my dad) last night, 'I think I have a way to raise money', recounted Miller's son Shannon on Wednesday afternoon at CBS6. "And he said, 'How's that?' I said, 'Well maybe I can fight again'. He said to me, 'I don't think I'll be able to get up the stairs to be in your corner this time'."
It was meant as a joke. And while the son appreciated his father's humor, and what it represents in terms of his state of might, the gravity of his dad's situation brought tears.
"That was... that was tough," said an emotional Shannon Miller.
The 42-year-old hasn't fought professionally in years. But the former heavyweight is willing to get back into the ring if it can help offset the mounting financial burden.
The family set up a GoFundMe page, soliciting donations to help with medical bills.
To see Kelly O'Donnell's entire interview with Shannon Miller, tune into Upstate Sports Edge tonight at 10:30pm on The CW15.