During an October 20th game against the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers’ tight end, Jermichael Finley took a hit from safety Tashaun Gipson that damaged his spinal cord, leaving him conscious, but immobile. Though Gipson was penalized for helmet to helmet contact, the NFL did not hand out any fines.
Left curled up on the field it could be seen that Finley was just barely able shake his head side to side. After being loaded onto a stretcher, Finley struggled to raise his arm slightly and give the crowd a thumbs up as he was carted off the field with his head strapped down and medical personnel supporting his neck.
In the first public comments since he was injured, Finley stated that he does plan to play football again.
"Of course I plan to play football again," said Finley. "This is what I love to do. I love the game. I love Sundays. Based on the feedback I've received from doctors at this point, the question is not if I'll play again, but when."
Finley has a disability policy that will pay him 10 million dollars if this injury prevents him from ever finding his way back on the field. With this policy, Finley can be put at relative ease knowing that he and his family are covered.
But, for Finley, it isn’t about the money.
"While money has absolutely nothing to do with my decision to play, I can sleep at night knowing that regardless of what happens, my family is financially secure forever…”
With money out of the equation, Finely can fully focus his efforts in overcoming this frightening injury and return to the game he loves as soon as possible. He is confident that will happen sooner rather than later.
“Just like we see every year with ACL recovery, anything is possible when you combine drive and commitment with a tremendous support system and team, and amazing advances in science and medicine."
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