In a first-person account for Sports Illustrated, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley said he plans on playing football again after sustaining a neck injury that saw him temporarily lose feeling in his body.
“Of course I plan to play football again,” Finley wrote. “This is what I love to do. I love the game. I love Sundays. Based on the feedback I’ve received from doctors at this point, the question is not if I’ll play again, but when. There is no better feeling in the world than making the 'Lambeau Leap' into the stands, and I fully intend on having that surreal feeling again soon. I will do everything in my power to rehab and get back to the player I have been, and improve into the player I know I can be.”
It was a scary sight when Finley was placed on a stretcher in a game against Cleveland. Finley wrote that he couldn't move after the hit, to which he told fellow tight end Andrew Quarless, who then seemed to have fear in his eyes.
He did say he had some feeling in his legs but that was it. Finley had trouble breathing and talking immediately after the hit but has since improved.
His story is well-worth the read.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.