Donations pour in for recovering former Notre Dame star Louis Nix III after shooting

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

Former Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III remained hospitalized in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday and said doctors still haven’t determined whether it’s safe to do the surgery to remove a bullet from his left lung.

Nix, 29, was shot in the chest Tuesday night in an attempted robbery at a Jacksonville gas station. He had stopped to put air in an underinflated tire on his way home from work when two men approached him with a gun.

When a startled Nix lunged at them, he was shot in the chest, the bullet fracturing his sternum and lodging in his left lung.

Nix, self-proclaimed “Irish Chocolate,” played for the Irish from 2010-13, He redshirted as a freshman, then ascended to become a standout on the 2012 team that reached the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama.

He battled injuries in 2013, then declared for the NFL Draft after the season instead of returning to ND for a fifth year. He was still able to keep a promise to his mom, Stephanie Wingfield, to get his ND degree.

His NFL career was derailed by injuries after the Houston Texans made him a third-round draft choice in the spring of 2014.

Nix in a phone interview Sunday said doctors scheduled video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for Monday to remove old blood from the damaged lung.

Donations on his gofundme page have poured in, with more than $34,000 having been pledged since Friday as of Sunday afternoon.

“I’m feeling better,” Nix said. “I’ve been doing breathing therapy. I just have to take my time, because I just don’t feel normal.

“I’m getting so much support from people, and I really appreciate it. It makes me feel stronger. I had hoped to be home from the hospital by now. I realize now it’s going to be a long road, but I’m up for it.”

Former Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III remains hospitalized after being shot in the chest Tuesday night at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station.