Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman has some rather interesting plans for a rib that he had surgically removed earlier this year.
Back in the summer, Wake Forest announced that Hartman would be out indefinitely after a blood clot developed in his subclavian vein. He underwent surgery to remove the blood clot, and in September, was cleared to return to football.
The blood clot scare wasn’t all. Per ESPN’s David Hale, Hartman also informed reporters that he had to have a rib surgically removed. He has is in his refrigerator, and Hartman plans to make a necklace out of the rib.
You read that correctly.
The 23-year-old native of Charlotte, North Carolina only missed the team’s first game of the 2022 season. Backup quarterback Mitch Griffis started the team’s season opener against VMI, leading the Demon Deacons to an easy 44-10 victory.
Hartman made his season debut against Vanderbilt, completing 18 of 27 pass attempts for 300 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. For the 2022 season, Hartman completed 63 percent of his pass attempts for 3,421 yards, 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
If Hartman didn’t miss the season opener, there’s a good chance he matches or surpasses his career-best 39 touchdown passes from the 2021 season. Hartman is widely expected to declae for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Wake Forest started off the 2022 season by winning six of their first seven games, with the lone loss coming against the Clemson Tigers, who were then ranked No. 5. However, the Demon Deacons collapsed late in the season by dropping four of their final five games.
Three of those defeats came by double-digits. They snapped a three-game losing skid with a 45-35 win over Syracuse on Nov. 19, but the season ended with a frustrating 34-31 loss to Duke.