He had just endured an ATV accident during an outing with his friends and heard what he described as an "explosion" in his hand.
"They're seeing what actually happened, I'm seeing what I think happened", Massaquoi said. "I'm in shock, so I don't feel it, but I'm very aware of what's going on", Massaquoi said. Massaquoi moved the fingers, which made the robotics sound he now lives with.
Massaquoi was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2009 National Football League draft. "My friend, on the other hand, thinks my hand just went through a meat grinder".More news: Hiring process for next Vigo Schools Superintendent already underway
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Mohamed Massaquoi thought he only broke his hand. "Meanwhile, you can see the panic and the fear and everybody and know it's not good, but you can't really tell what's going on because there's nothing to prepare you for what's going on". All he eventually had left was his thumb, leading to having a prosthetic device placed around it.
"I guess when I look at my hand, I'm just thankful", he said. "To not have, that it's a part of you that helped me become who I am". He played with the Browns from 2009-12 and was with the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars during training camp in 2013.
A video of Massaquoi's incredible story, which was posted on YouTube to The Players' Tribune official channel, can be viewed below.
"You discover things about yourself that will push you past staying in your comfort zone, " he said. During that season, Massaquoi had a remarkable game on the road against Kentucky, which saw him catch eight passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. I want to thank my wife for being my rock throughout this whole process, and I want to thank my family and friends for their support. The experience was one that caused Massaquoi to obtain "a perspective of how precious life is". I'm thankful for the little things in life. "Real friends, real relationships mean the world to me".