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Jermichael Finley's first-person account of the 24 hours after his spinal cord contusion

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Jermichael Finley: Fear. Relief. Resolve.
    A first-person account of those fateful moments on the turf after a terrifying hit, and the process of recovery, both physical and emotional

    The minutes Jermichael Finley spent on the Lambeau Field turf on Oct. 20, after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, were a suspended surreality for the Green Bay Packers tight end, his teammates and the NFL community. Finley was taken off the field on a stretcher and spent the night in the ICU of a Green Bay hospital, before being diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion that is expected to heal. A week later, Finley describes in a first-person account for The MMQB what it’s like to confront the possibility that one play could change your life.

    By Jermichael Finley

    Is this God punishing me? Is this Karma? This was my initial thought when I was down on the field. I felt as if everything that I had ever done wrong came crashing down at me at that one moment.

    It all happened very quickly. I remember seeing the defender out of the corner of my eye, and I intentionally lowered my head and shoulders to protect my knees. After I got hit, in the fourth quarter of our win against the Browns last week, my eyes were wide open. I was very conscious, but I could not move. I looked my teammate Andrew Quarless directly in the eye and whispered, “Help me, Q. I can’t move; I can’t breathe.” The scariest moment was seeing the fear in Q’s eyes. I knew something was wrong, but his reaction verified it. That really shook me up.

    Read the rest: http://mmqb.si.com/2013/10/29/jermichael-finley-packers-injury-first-person/
  2. the_h0wey

    the_h0wey Well-Known Member

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    That is scary.
  3. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    Man -- its a reminder of how brutal the game is and how quickly someone can get really messed up on the field:

    "I looked my teammate Andrew Quarless directly in the eye and whispered, “Help me, Q. I can’t move; I can’t breathe.” The scariest moment was seeing the fear in Q’s eyes. I knew something was wrong, but his reaction verified it. That really shook me up."
  4. Sarge

    Sarge Happy Holidays Staff Member

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    Outstanding article. I'll be honest - I wouldn't even consider playing football again, especially knowing he is financially secure.

    Which ever road he chooses - I wish him well.

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