Saturday, August 23, 2008

A wife's worst nightmare...

Ryan and I were watching the Cowboys-Texans game last night when we both experienced an eerily familiar feeling - you know that knot you get in your chest, or your stomach just sinks? We watched the Texans' Harry Williams get hit in the head on a special teams play and we knew it was bad as he limply feel to the turf. I couldn't watch the replays. Ryan did, and he said it was bad.

It's been almost a year since Ryan was on the field at the same time his teammate, Kevin Everett, was severely injured and paralyzed on a special teams play. As the training staff worked on Harry, all we could do is sit and pray and remember the emotions that we felt last year during that Bills-Broncos game. Kevin has made a miraculous recovery and is even walking now - we wondered what Harry Williams' future will hold.

Based on reports this morning, Harry Williams did indeed break his back. He was paralyzed on the field - he could feel nothing below the neck. According to the article I read, he started to regain feeling in all of his extremeties on the way to the hospital. What a relief! What this means for his career and his future, only time will tell.

As we watched Harry being strapped to the gurney and loaded into the ambulance, I told Ryan that it's because of moments like that that I wouldn't care if he never ever played another down of football in his life. We've dealt with injuries before, but incidents like this just remind us of the dangerous and unpredictable nature of the game. Surely you can't go out onto the field and play with fear - that's a recipe for disaster. But after Kevin's injury last year, it brought the reality of the possibility home. It really puts things in perspective.

I reiterate what I've been saying all along - if Ryan gets picked up by a team and plays this year, AWESOME! If not, I'm okay with that too. There is a lot to be said to have my husband WHOLE right now.

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