In a first-person piece posted on SI.com, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley writes that he will play football again.
"Of course I plan to play football again," he says in the story posted here. "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. There is no better feeling in the world than making the 'Lambeau Leap' into the stands, and I fully intend on having that surreal feeling again soon. I will do everything in my power to rehab and get back to the player I have been, and improve into the player I know I can be."
Finley describes his injury and how he felt laying on the field after colliding with Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson in the Packers 31-13 win on Oct. 20.
"Is this God punishing me?" he wrote. "Is this Karma? This was my initial thought when I was down on the field. I felt as if everything that I had ever done wrong came crashing down at me at that one moment."
He said the scariest moment was seeing the fear in teammate Andrew Quarless' eyes as he lay motionless on the field.
Finley describes his stay in the hospital and how he began to feel much better on the day after his injury.
"My medical treatment to this point has been superb, and the Packers and my agent have been working together to determine how outside medical experts view this injury, how previous cases have been handled and what the next steps of action should be," he wrote. "Right now, the recovery timeline is still uncertain, so we don’t know yet if this injury will end my season. Obviously the most important thing for me right now is to rest, and to let the contusion heal. After that, I will most likely go visit a handful of specialists around the country for thorough second and third evaluations of my neck and head. One thing that I know is that I am in great hands. I have a tremendous support system and this incident only made that clearer. I am blessed."
To read Finley's entire story, go here.