Ricardo Lockette on Injury: “I Would Have Died on the Field” If It Wasn’t For the Trainers

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Remember the brutal hit that left Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette motionless on the field during a week 8 game against the Dallas Cowboys last season?  The one that damaged a disc and ligaments in his neck and required season-ending, and maybe even career-ending, surgery?

It was a frightening moment for Lockette, but apparently it could have been a lot worse.

During a recent visit with firefighters and paramedics in Redmond, Washington, Lockette told them that had it not been for the work of the trainers, he could have died right there on the field.


“[The doctors] said if I would have stood up then, the weight of my head — left, right, front, back — I would have died,” Lockette said. “If one of my teammates would have come over and pulled my arm, just barely, I might have died. Or if the returner at the time would have broken a couple tackles, and they would have rolled and fell on me, I would have died on that field. But what saved my life was the trainers, the work that you guys do.”

If this is so, it’s pretty frightening how close we came to seeing someone lose their life during an NFL game. Let’s hope that never happens, but this story should serve as a reminder that it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility.

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