Ricardo Lockette's Story

"Am I About to Die?" - The Players' Tribune, July 5, 2016

It was like being in a car accident. Everything was fast, then it was suddenly slow motion. I was running down on punt coverage against Dallas last season, like I’ve done a thousands times before. I pushed off on my blocker. I turned to my left. I saw a white jersey.

Car crash.

I hit the ground, and I heard the sound you never want to hear. When you have a brush with death, people always say you see a light. Well, I didn’t see a light. I heard a noise. You know the noise I’m talking about — like when you were a little kid, bored at a family party, and you ran your finger around the top of your auntie’s wine glass. It’s that weird, far-off ringing sound. 

It was terrifying. I couldn’t hear the crowd. I couldn’t hear my teammates. That’s when I knew it was bad.

I was thinking, O.K., get up. Just get up. 

But I couldn’t get up. My whole body was numb. I couldn’t move my arms. I couldn’t move my head. I couldn’t talk. 

All I could do was move my eyes.

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Enter for Your Chance to Win a Hometown Visit With Ricardo Lockette

Retired Seattle Seahawks Player, Ricardo Lockette has become an advocate for spinal cord injury research.  If you are a student athlete with a spinal cord injury, he wants to meet you and your family.  Use the link below to be entered for a chance to receive a hometown visit from Ricardo Lockette.  #GoHawks!

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