Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna was seemingly out of the game for good with a concussion in the second quarter this past weekend. The trainers checked him out. They followed procedure. They said he was ok to play in the second half. Kitna came back in the fourth quarter and helped led his team to a 20-17 victory in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings:
[Lions head coach Rod] Marinelli said it was up to the doctors — who said Kitna had a “very, mild concussion — to walk the fine line between listening to Kitna and protecting him.
“They were overly cautious and they went through everything they’re supposed to do,” Marinelli said. “Even when Jon wanted to come back, they held him down until they were convinced and felt good about it.”
After the game, Kitna had this to say:
I would’ve thanked the trainers. But that’s just me. I’m sure doctors could provide an explanation. As far as football hits go, Kitna’s didn’t sound too terrible.
“I’ve never felt anything like that, and for it to clear up and go right back to as normal as I can be, is nothing short of a miracle,” Kitna said. “I just definitely feel the hand of God. That’s all it was. You can’t explain it.
Anyone else think the quotation would’ve been much funnier if they had lost the game?
Kitna’s the same guy who was fined (the fine was later revoked) a few years ago for wearing a cap with a cross following a game. The NFL rules state that only official NFL apparel can be worn during post-game interviews.
(Thanks to HappyNat for the link!)
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