It was only six months ago that Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden nearly lost his life from an injury he suffered during practice last November.
The collision on the field tore his inferior vena cava, the primary vein of the heart. Only 5% pof people survive from such an injury. 'Lucky' just doesn't do justice to the situation.
Not only did he fully recover from the scary injury, he also found himself being selected 12th overall by the Oakland Raiders.
"It felt so great just to be out there, to put the helmet back on and actually be back on the field," he said, via the Bay Area News Group. Hayden had previously been cleared by doctors to take part in the minicamp, and head coach Dennis Allen is quite impressed with him so far. "He's looked pretty good; He made a nice play on the ball (on Saturday). I'm pleased with where D.J.'s at. It's going to be a learning process. It's putting one foot in front of the other. I think when it comes time to play games this September, he'll be ready to roll."