COLLEGE STATION, Texas Wearing shorts, a T shirt and tennis shoes and carrying a backpack, Reggie Brown blends in as best he can at Texas A among 43,000 students, Brown stands out, though.
I try to fit in as best I can, but being 6 2, 250 pounds, you really can't sometimes,'' Brown says.
Brown is out of place here. He is supposed to be studying his playbook, not agricultural economics. He is supposed to be answering to coaches, not professors. He is supposed to be worrying about tackles, not credit hours. He is supposed to be in Detroit today as the Lions take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead, he is spending Buy Anadrol Cheap the holiday weekend with his family in Austin, Texas. Brown has a lot for which to be thankful.
Brown, whose only previous football injuries were a thigh bruise and a torn medial collateral ligament that did not require surgery, had a career ending spinal cord injury Dec. 21. Having lived his dream, he is trying to figure out his future.
Brown has returned to Texas A where he played from 1992 95, to be with girlfriend Kerrie Patterson, a senior guard on the women's basketball team, and to finish his degree in agricultural economics. He will graduate in May after finishing his last 16 hours. Then he will decide between becoming a coach or a businessman.
I've always tried to have a backup plan,'' Brown said, but I always expected to walk away from the game on my own terms.''
Most NFL careers are short. Brown's was shorter than most.
It lasted 32 games, or just long enough for Brown to establish himself as one of the league's rising stars. Brown, the 17th pick in the 1996 draft, had 219 tackles, 21/2 sacks, two interceptions and two touchdowns in his career.
Nearly a year has passed since he dived into a pile to assist Antonio London on a tackle of New York Jets running back Adrian Murrell. Jets guard buy cheap jintropin online Lamont Burns was pushed backward into the crown of Brown's helmet.
Brown, 24, has seen the play hundreds of times. The first was a day later when he awoke wearing a halo, a device attached to his skull with screws to keep his head and spine in place.
I was like, Oh, that's it? That's all that happened?''' Brown said of his first reaction to the replay. It looked kind of routine. But you couldn't really tell what was going on underneath my shoulder pads and inside my neck. I thought it was "Jintropin (Gensci Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.)" this big kablam! or something, the way it knocked me out.''
The spinal contusion caused the nerves controlling all movement below his neck, including his lungs, to shut down.
Brown isn't supposed to be here sitting on a bench in the lobby of the Texas A football dorm working on his homework assignment. He still is supposed to be in rehabilitation.
Doctors told Brown his recovery would take a year.
He is in the upper 2 percent of patients with that injury,'' said Dr. Russ Nockels, the director of spine neurosurgery Bold Metals Collection 200 at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital.
Brown's teammates Deca Durabolin For Sale Canada feared whether he even would leave the Pontiac Silverdome alive Dec. 21. As Brown lost consciousness, safety Mark Carrier franticly signaled to the sideline for help. Two players rushed to the tunnel to get a gurney. Others prayed. Some cried.
Mouth to mouth resuscitation saved Brown's life. Emergency surgery allowed Brown to resume a normal life.
I'm just so happy to be alive and to be up and walking again,'' Brown said. I have no choice but not to take anything for granted because I can see how easy it can be taken away from you.''
Two days after Nockels fused together the first two vertebrae in Brown's neck, Brown learned he would not be paralyzed. But he had to relearn how to walk, write and drive. Slocum remembers watching Brown write his name over and over on a chalkboard at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston.
Reggie is an amazing guy,'' Slocum said. A lot of people would be bitter or cynical, but Reggie has never been that way. He's always had a great attitude.''
Brown, who "buy cheap jintropin online" had the halo removed in March, has few limitations now. He can't lift anything over his head. He can't stand on his head.
He can't shake his head vigorously from side to side. Otherwise, he lives a normal life. He even plays pickup basketball and lifts weights.
There are a lot of different things of this injury that hold me back,'' he said. I try to just compromise and work with my body, and my body works back with me. I know what I can and Bivirkninger what I can't do.''
Brown's recovery has made him more famous than football ever did. He has talked on the phone to President Clinton. He has done interviews on Dateline, Oprah and Good Morning America. He has met Shaquille O'Neal and Ken Griffey Jr. He has gotten tens of 4-chlorodehydromethyltestosteron thousands'' of cards and letters.
He serves as a role model for a lot of people in this world because of what he has accomplished,'' Lions Coach Bobby Ross said. He went from being a paraplegic to a guy who's leading a very normal life, and he did it in a very short period of time.