St. James teen who survived serious car accident sings National Anthem at Ducks game

When Robert Pszybylski was just 2 years old in 2006, his father's pickup truck accidentally ran him over in the driveway of their St. James home. His prognosis was grim. But Pszybylski is a fighter.

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2022, 9:18 PM

Updated 715 days ago

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A Long Island teen who overcame what some would consider unsurmountable adversity sang the National Anthem at Sunday's Long Island Ducks game.
When Robert Pszybylski was just 2 years old in 2006, his father's pickup truck accidentally ran him over in the driveway of their St. James home. His prognosis was grim. But Pszybylski is a fighter.
"I'm grateful to be here," Pszybylski said.
He spent seven weeks in the Stony Brook intensive care unit and finally came home on Mother's Day 2006. He took up singing at his mother's suggestion. His high school choir teacher Linda Contino said Pszybylski turned out to be one of her best students.
"He started out not being able to match pitch and then all of a sudden his voice came into fruition," Contino said.
Pszybylski was chosen to kick off the Ducks game with the National Anthem -- an honor the now-college student said was pretty big.
"This couldn't be a better Mother's Day gift for my mom, so I know she's proud. She's really proud and excited for the opportunity I had for today," he said.
From the look on her face and the tears that streamed down her cheek, AnnMarie Pszybylski is definitely one proud mother.
"For two weeks, we didn't know if he was going to come home, and here we are today, singing the anthem... in front of a hometown crowd. That's pretty cool, that's pretty cool," she said.
Pszybylski said he's going to continue singing. Meanwhile, the Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers in Game 1 of a double header, 9-5.


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