Meyer’s 911 call after SEC Championship released

By Adam Silverstein
December 30, 2009

The morning after the 2009 SEC Championship, at about 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 6, Shelley Meyer, the wife of Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer, called 911 after her husband awoke briefly in the early morning and fell out of bed onto the floor.

ESPN investigative reporter Paula Lavigne obtained the 911 call Wednesday, which features Shelley explaining to the operator that Urban “was breathing and had a pulse but would not wake up,” presumably due to him having taken the sleeping pill Ambien earlier in the evening. Rushed to the hospital by ambulance, Meyer complained of chest pains and a tingling sensation on the side of his body. Shelley, a certified nurse, also mentioned that Urban had never had a heart attack before, though he had previously complained of chest pains caused by anxiety.

Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel also got ahold of the full 911 call and provides a few more details into the panic experienced by Shelley.

Shelley tells the 911 operator that “my husband’s having chest pains.” Shelley, talking in a calm tone, eventually sees Meyer moving and breathing but “he’s not talking to me.”

“Urban, talk to me please,” Shelley said. “I see him breathing.”


  1. Brittany says:

    Just a heads up- you typed ‘feel’ instead of ‘fell’.

    I can’t imagine how scary that must have been for Shelly.

  2. O-town Gator says:

    If I were Shelley Meyer, I’d insist that the first thing Urban does when his LOA begins is to schedule a complete physical, and if he needs to see specialists that he gets in and sees them. Indeed Brittany, that was a precarious situation for her.

  3. Gatorfan33 says:

    I am quite sure he has seen specialists for both his heart and the cyst on his brain. I just hope he listens to both his Dr and his wife and learns how to let things go, how to manage better and how to get away and have some “me” time to unwind.

  4. Kmoney says:

    Leave him and his problems alone. I hate how the media feels they need to know every detaill. He said he has health problems. Leave it be.

  5. 33 is right, of course he has had a complete physical. I’m sure he’s had complete physicalS. The most important thing for him right now is to get healthy, whether that takes six months like they hope or longer.

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