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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Standing Tall By: Sam Carchidi A Kevin Everett Story September 9th, 2007 Kevin fractures his cervical spine in a football season opener. Put into the ICU, and soon physical therapy. Slowly regained strength with the support of his loved ones. By the end, Kevin made an amazing recovery and was able to walk. "When someone gets hit on the field, that's the No. 1 thing they want to do-put the thumb up to let everyone know it's not that bad. But I couldn't do it." -Kevin Everett I chose this quote because it genuinely describes how bad Kevin's pain actually was, and how he just couldn't push through this time. Kevin Everett is a 6'4, 3rd season Buffalo Bills tight end, and at the time, only aging at 25. At the 2007 season opener against the Chicago Bulls, Kevin endured an injury that would affect the rest of his career. He had fractured his cervical spine, and in no time, he was an ICU patient. Engulfed in worry, his family and significant other are trying to find a way to face the life altering reality. After serving some time in the ICU, Everett was quickly transmitted into physical therapy, in hope to gain some strength back. Once everyday tasks were now a milestone for Kevin, but with the support and love of his loved ones, the nation, and his team, he began to regain some strength that he had lost. After months of therapy, Kevin was able to walk again, and returned to as much of a normal life as possible. This book advocates a perfect story that includes love, strength, and the extraordinary power someone has when they commit themselves to something they are passionate about. The cervical spine consists of seven bones, which are separated from one another by intervertebral discs. Football sends more athletes to emergency rooms for neck injuries than Ice Hockey or Soccer. Football: 114,706 Soccer: 19,341 Ice Hockey: 5,038 Football Soccer Ice Hockey Spine injuries are almost always when someone is in the act of tackling.
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