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10-30-2013, 05:29 PM
Pretty good read, imo...

Jermichael Finley: Fear. Relief. Resolve.

A first-person account of those fateful moments on the turf after a terrifying hit, and the process of recovery, both physical and emotional (http://mmqb.si.com/2013/10/29/jermichael-finley-packers-injury-first-person/)

The minutes Jermichael Finley spent on the Lambeau Field turf on Oct. 20, after a collision (http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000266720/Finley-carted-off-field-after-injury) with Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, were a suspended surreality for the Green Bay Packers tight end, his teammates and the NFL community. Finley was taken off the field on a stretcher and spent the night in the ICU of a Green Bay hospital, before being diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion that is expected to heal. A week later, Finley describes in a first-person account for The MMQB what itís like to confront the possibility that one play could change your life.
By Jermichael Finley

Is this God punishing me? Is this Karma? This was my initial thought when I was down on the field. I felt as if everything that I had ever done wrong came crashing down at me at that one moment.

It all happened very quickly. I remember seeing the defender out of the corner of my eye, and I intentionally lowered my head and shoulders to protect my knees. After I got hit, in the fourth quarter of our win against the Browns last week, my eyes were wide open. I was very conscious, but I could not move. I looked my teammate Andrew Quarless directly in the eye and whispered, ďHelp me, Q. I canít move; I canít breathe.Ē The scariest moment was seeing the fear in Qís eyes. I knew something was wrong, but his reaction verified it. That really shook me up...