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NFL Injury Report:
On November 6th 2012,
during a practice, University of Houston cornerback DJ Hayden was on his way to intercept a pass, when he was hit
by teammate Trevon Stewart in midair. Both men had leaped, and Stewart’s knee
hit Hayden’s chest. Hayden went down in obvious pain, but nobody could’ve foreseen
the type of injury the young corner had just suffered.
He started feeling drowsy, and his eyesight
began to fail him. At 22 years old, the talented future star was dying. He had
torn the inferior vena cava in his heart. The injury is 95 percent fatal, and
threatened to end both DJ Hayden’s career, and his life.
After surgery, and a six-day stint
in the hospital, focus for the corner shifted to his
recovery. Over the next five months, Hayden worked as hard as he could to get himself
into shape so that he could continue his football career.
On March 18th, Hayden was
able to show off his untainted talents to 27 NFL teams. He ran the 40-yard dash
in an electrifying 4.33 seconds. He impressed a number of those in attendance, and
prompted draft wiz, Mike Mayock, to revise his cornerback rankings by elevating
Hayden to his top corner, in this year’s draft, according to Chris Wesseling of
Thursday night begins the NFL draft,
and Hayden is sure to achieve the greatest accomplishment of his young life. One
of his best fits could be with the Denver Broncos, as Champ Bailey’s
illustrious career nears its end. The Broncos, however, are sure to face stiff
competition with the many teams that will be looking to draft this talented,
and very fortunate, young athlete.
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— Randy McIlvoy (@RandyMcIlvoy) April 22, 2013
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