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This past weekend took me back to October 2010 all over again, almost an exact three years later to the day. Rutgers University football player, Eric LeGrand, was severely injured playing football on October 16, 2010 during a national televised game. This past Sunday, on October 20, the NFL's Green Bay Packers experienced something very similar when tight end Jermichael Finley was hit resulting in a neck injury and spinal cord contusion and was temporarily unable to move after the hit. Thankfully, he is recovering and has his mobility. These weren't the first ever injuries from football and unfortunately may not be the last, but still, all this reminds us of the dangers in playing the game and safety issues that arise.
As Jermichael Finley lay on the ground motionless, Lambeau came to a halt. (Image: Getty Images)
The score didn't matter. Neither did football as a whole.
No longer were there two opposing teams—only a group of brothers praying for their fallen comrade after he went down in a heap with this chilling neck injury (courtesy of NFL.com).
After several minutes, Finley left the field on a stretcher.
Somehow, the game had to go on. Somehow, the players needed to stomach the events that just transpired and press onward.
Fortunately, positive news had already leaked out by the time Finley departed. Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted that the Packers tight end had movement in all four of his limbs, meaning he avoided an instantaneously catastrophic neurological injury:
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