Thursday, October 24, 2013

the last book I ever read (Nate Jackson's Slow Getting Up, excerpt thirteen)

from Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile by Nate Jackson:

The Bills kick off to start the second half. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon receives it and pushes up the field behind the wedge of offensive linemen holding hands and leading the charge. The wedge breaks down on the right side and Domenik bounces the kick outside the wedge, meeting Bills tight end Kevin Everett in a routine-looking football hit. But the result is not routine. Everett collapses to the ground and does not move. The crowd falls silent. Tony and I stand next to each other on the sideline.

--He looks dead.

We don’t know how right we almost are. Everett has sustained a fracture and dislocation of his cervical spine. We’ll later find out that his life was saved by fast thinking and perfectly executed medical treatment, which stabilized his spine and whisked him off to the hospital so we could finish our football game in peace, without the realities of what we were risking getting in the way. The show must go on.

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