I am not a particularly huge sports fan. I will watch a game if is on, or will go to a game for the social aspects. There are a couple sports I’ll even play (tennis, softball, volleyball). But in some ways I idolize the players as much as anyone. The dedication and perseverance to achieve professional status when so many people want it. The professional athletes deal with many pressures and constant criticism from people who couldn’t do what they do in 1000 years. Professional or amateur, I respect anyone with passion for what they do.
Kevin Everett is a young athlete who fate cut down in a cruel way. Everett, the 25 year old Buffalo tight end, sustained a very serious neck/spinal cord injury in the season opener. An injury that severe often results in death, either through a complete loss of brain activity, mass organ failure or as a result of infection.
Why I felt this was an important story to share is threefold. One, it is always important to realize how surprising life can be and not take it for granted. Second, I think he is an admirable yet realistic man. He was initially conscience and his main concern was with notifying his family, then with getting the best treatment possible. Third, because I believe perseverance and will can often transcend other factors. He sustained an injury that should have been fatal, and it was initially deemed a miracle he survived. Then it was stated he will be paralyzed and have severe neurological damage, but had a good chance of survival. Now his doctors are so impressed with his progress they think there is a chance he will walk again. I hope he does. And I hope I am able to write an update in a few weeks to that effect.