His expert football career over, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton is choosing to concentrate on which he has in the aftermath of a serious car accident last week at which he lost his left arm.
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“I am alive,” he told CBS Miami’s Peter D’Oench. “To be here, I’m alive. One thing keeps me moving and that is that I am still able to function here. Seeing my family is so essential. It’s very good that I have this support system. It keeps me strong and it keeps me tall.
“However, I understand that I will not be able to play for anybody. We’re working beyond this, you understand. That fact is sinking in. I’m alive and I am grateful. Now I want to arrange a blood drive.”
Norton on Thursday has been cited for an improper lane change and pulling out in front of a car during his July 4 crash, Florida Highway Patrol declared. The 22-year-old Jacksonville native stays at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in the company of family and his agent.
“I am ok. I’m as comfortable as I could be with the circumstance. I am doing fine and the best I could,” Norton explained. “I am staying strong because all the support from every one of the lovers, each the teams, my family and everyone. That’s what is pushing me, my faith and the support in my loved ones, my grandparents, my sports representative.
“Everyone is going above and beyond without a return. Just to find people who’ve been supporting me is just great.”
After being selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft from Miami, Norton spent on the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad before being signed by the Dolphins in December. He didn’t look at a game for either team.