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D.J. Hayden visits Raiders

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One of the most compelling players in this year’s draft played college football at Houston.  During the 2012 season, he nearly died.

Fully healed less than five months after a routine hit nearly claimed his life, cornerback D.J. Hayden is visiting the Raiders on Tuesday, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Hayden severed his inferior vena cava during practice in November.  It’s an injury that typically happens in high-speed automobile accidents, and 95 percent of the time it is fatal.

It was a regular day at practice,” Hayden said at the Scouting Combine, describing the injury. “We were doing team vs. scout team.  They threw the ball my way.  The ball was underthrown.  Me and the safety ran into each other.  His knee hit me in my chest.  I fell to the ground.  It felt like I got the wind knocked out of me.  When I was breathing, I just wasn’t breathing right.  The doctor took me inside.  He was asking me these questions and I was getting real cold.

“I’m looking around and I’m getting real sleepy.  My left eye goes pitch black.  I can’t see out of it.  I can see a little bit out of my right eye. I’m praying, ‘Lord, help me get out if this one.’

“They rushed me to the hospital and did a scan on my stomach and my chest. They saw a lot of blood in my abdomen.  They thought it was my liver or my spleen.
“The doctor said he was going to have to cut me open. I said, ‘OK, just don’t mess my abs up.’  So they cut through my sternum and saw the [inferior vena cava], the main vein to your heart, was torn.  He put some sutures in, stitched it back together, closed me back up and here I am today.”

And if you weren’t previously a D.J. Hayden fan, it’s safe to say that you are one now.

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16 Responses to “D.J. Hayden visits Raiders”
  1. ravensfansc says: Apr 16, 2013 6:56 PM

    Happy to see this guy still out there after all he has been through. He has one more fan cheering him on now.

  2. randyschwimmer7 says: Apr 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    In-freaking-credible

  3. aldavisisthenfl says: Apr 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    Sounds like an old school Raider……..just what we need more of around here……

  4. jsratx says: Apr 16, 2013 7:10 PM

    Eat em up, DJ! Making Coog fans proud.

  5. grhopper says: Apr 16, 2013 7:12 PM

    Thank God they didn’t give him an aspirin and say call me in the morning.

  6. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 16, 2013 7:21 PM

    “My left eye goes pitch black”

    Wow, Raider fo sho LOL

  7. HowdyDoobie says: Apr 16, 2013 7:40 PM

    Don’t mess up my abs bro.

  8. spinmovr says: Apr 16, 2013 7:49 PM

    Wow. This dude is loving life now, I know that.

    I don’t know much about how blood vessels heal but it sure sounds like he’d be delicate from here on out.

  9. nickster31 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:16 PM

    Every fan in the NFL should want this guy on their team. Inspiration, no question.

  10. raiderapologist says: Apr 16, 2013 8:43 PM

    nickster31 says: Apr 16, 2013 8:16 PM

    Every fan in the NFL should want this guy on their team. Inspiration, no question.
    ——————–
    Not just an inspiration, but a natural corner. His draft stock is rising. He won’t get out of the 2nd round.

  11. jgrange says: Apr 16, 2013 9:20 PM

    Holy crap. Glad to see he’s not letting the freak incident affect his life. I wish him well.

  12. ephillips122 says: Apr 16, 2013 10:28 PM

    What’s the likelihood of of a similar issue affecting him again? I’m just curious?

  13. raiderinva says: Apr 16, 2013 10:35 PM

    Al Davis just told Pat Summerall to watch out for this kid in the future. He is something special. He’s got a 4.33 40 and 33.5 leap to boot.

  14. tinbender2000 says: Apr 16, 2013 10:36 PM

    Wow. This dude is loving life now, I know that.

    I don’t know much about how blood vessels heal but it sure sounds like he’d be delicate from here on out.
    **********************************************************
    Odds are he is completely healed by now to the point there is no sign of ever having injury to the vein.
    And I know he is enjoying life more than most, as one who has recently been gone and came back. :)

  15. laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 17, 2013 1:48 AM

    I will definitely cross my fingers that Big Reg and the Raiders draft this guy.

  16. mrposey5 says: Apr 17, 2013 3:05 PM

    Hayden is a player. Not only is he a great story, he’s a great player. Can’t help but root for him to succeed

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