By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Count Your Blessings Kevin Everett Can’t
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS KEVIN EVERETT CAN’T
“FORMER” NFL PLAYER EVERETT
We can never pay
too much attention
to the Fragility of
the lives we live
or at least we
Until late Sunday afternoon the Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Everett probably did not. Right now he is thinking about nothing else. It’s a sad story you and I can do nothing to change but while it won’t do Everett any good we can learn from it.
One completely random arbitrary play Sunday afternoon Buffalo playing Denver no different than hundreds or even thousands of other plays in Everett’s college and pro career. Or so it seemed until in an instant Everett’s life was shattered forever.
Everett made a tackle as he had so many times before. There was nothing especially unusual about it except that it turned out that the exact position he was in and the player he tackled and all the other players on the periphery of that play and the exact manner in which that otherwise very typical play developed ALL combined hundreds even countless imperceivable factors resulted in a horrible matrix of Tragedy for Kevin Everett.
After the play
Everett lay on the field motionless after his body twitched convulsively. Unknown until later after he was rushed to the hospital and spent four hours in surgery Everett had suffered a severe spinal. column injury. An injury that the doctors involved are unfortunately “confident” will leave him paralyzed for life very unlikely to ever walk again or take care of himself let alone NEVER ever play football again.
O to be an NFL player
the envy of millions
so blessed to play
football for a living
cheered on every
Except that what happened to Kevin Everett as has happened to other players before him is an ever present Danger. We forget sitting in front of the television football is a VIOLENT Sport. In fact there is NO more violent Sport boxing included.
Over 100 times EVERY game players fling their bodies at each other with all their might. All their protective gear is also body ARMOR that adds to their thrusts and can – most of all their helmets become lethal WEAPONS as it was to be for Kevin Everett in a helmet to helmet collision. Even rugby which might seem more violent because of the lack of padding and helmets is not because players conform their play to their appreciation of their vulnerability.
NOT football players
In truth Kevin Everett could have been walking down a flight of stairs and tripped. Been crossing a street and hit. Even sitting in a chair and tipped over. We don’t have the statistics because they are not the point. But Sunday when Kevin Everett was being paralyzed for life all over the world thousands upon thousands of other humans of all ages were equally injured thousands died of accidents.
Their lives like Everett’s
seemed under their control
more or less as it had been
right up to the very moment
with unexpected suddenness
it no longer was and never
would be again
COUNT your Blessings
and say a PRAYER
for Kevin Everett
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KEVIN EVERETT SUNDAY ON THE GROUND