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Former Colorado quarterback in critical condition after accident

Updated: October 21, 2003, 8:12 PM ET

DENVER -- John Hessler, the baby-faced quarterback who starred at Colorado before finding a home as a middle school teacher and coach, was in a coma Tuesday after a weekend hit-and-run accident.

Hessler, 29, who suffered a collapsed lung and a major head injury, was in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital, CU officials said. So many well-wishers called to check on his condition that relatives set up an update line where they could also leave messages.

Hessler, who lives in ...

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