FemaleHigh School Sports

Football Kicker Krysten Muir on the Road to Recovery After Being Paralyzed in Car Accident

    On the 187th episode of “Listen In With KNN” on Fox Sports 1340AM/96.9 FM, host Kelsey Nicole Nelson welcomed in a trailblazer in high school football Krysten Muir. Muir was the first female to score a point in an AIA state championship game.

    Muir grew up playing sports. She was a daddy’s girl playing sports with her dad since she was four-years-old. Muir was a multisport athlete that not only played football in high-school, but she also played volleyball and  soccer. She was the kicker for the Tempe Marcos de Niza varsity football team in 2015 and 2016. Muir was asked what being the first female to score points in an AIA state championship.Upon being asked by Nelson what this great feat meant to her, Muir said, “That day I wasn’t even thinking about like oh I’m the first girl to be in here, I was thinking about I really want my team and I to win, I really want this championship. In that moment I didn’t even think about it, but looking back, not everyone can say they played in that stadium or that I scored points for my team in that stadium.” Muir made five out of ten field goals in her career and converted 98 of 112 extra point tries. She went 11 for 12 on extra points in the playoffs during her junior year. 

    While her football career was excelling, everything changed instantly in the course of a day while traveling home. Muir was in a car accident in 2021 and suffered significant injuries which lead to paralysis in her lower body. She was in the  passenger seat on her way home from a trip with her boyfriend and three dogs when her boyfriend lost control of the car and the car proceeded to roll. Muir was asked about how quickly things changed for her, and she said, “It was within like five minutes everything changed. We were coming back that morning, maybe around like seven or eight, it was a combination of rain and snow, so it was kind of like that sleet area. I think we came around the bend too fast.” Muir, however, has not let this devastating injury derail her plans. “I want to be able to get back on the field, I want to try and kick, or at least be able to help other kickers, coach, and try to inspire and motivate others.” 

Today, Muir is on the road to recovery. On her recovery she said, “They [the doctors] are confident that I’ll be back up and walking with no assistance in like eight months. The fact that they think like that, it gives me a lot of confidence.” Despite going through the traumatic experience, Muir has not necessarily focused on the emotional aspect but rather has kept her focus on recovering and one day walking again. 

    If you would like to follow Krysten Muir’s road to recovery you can follow along on Instagram at Krystensjourney. Also, if you would like to donate to Krysten’s recovery please send donations to her GoFundMe here


Jon Shearer