Isaiah Pead wants to inspire, as he adjusts to having one leg

AP

Isaiah Pead’s football career ended the moment he lost part of his left leg in a car accident last November.

But his road is far from over, and the former Rams second-round draft pick hopes to use his new reality to inspire others.

In a moving story by Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the 26-year-old Pead details the trauma of the accident that claimed his left leg and damaged his right, and talks about his hopes for the future.

Pead was speeding but not impaired at the time of his accident. He wasn’t wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, which may have saved his life because paramedics think he might have bled to death if they’d have had to cut him out of the car. A friend who was riding with his was wearing his, and escaped with a concussion and minor injuries.

But Pead doesn’t think about what he lost, perhaps because his football career was waning after being released by the Dolphins anyway.

“I want to continue to be a motivator to whatever I come across,” he said. “That starts with myself, looking at myself in the mirror every day — a full body mirror.

“You can see, you know, half of me. I’m my own inspiration, literally.”

In the short term, his goals are continuing his rehab, and building a trucking company which he hopes becomes his post-football livelihood. But he also wants to help others who have been through significant injuries such as his own.

The long-term goal is to raise his young son Deuce, who was born shortly before the accident.

“That’s my guy,” Pead said. “Sometimes I get so tired of the crutches that I hop around. He’ll fuss and cry and I’ll come hopping around the corner. He’ll see me hopping and just start kicking and stuff. It’s the funniest in the world.”

Pead has undergone eight surgeries, and is still awaiting a prosthetic leg. For now, he’s still on crutches, and he’s rebuilding his body by doing a lot of push-ups.

It’s the kind of change that could cause many to fall into self-pity, but the 26-year-old Pead is determined to do more. And his resilience has become an inspiration to the people around him.

6 responses to “Isaiah Pead wants to inspire, as he adjusts to having one leg

  1. I’m glad this is a “happy” story, but I have to admit, I do not understand why people do not wear seat belts. Once buckled, you hardly know they are there.

  2. I liked this kid when he came into camp last year.
    Played hard. Listen. Said the right things.
    If it weren’t for the Arian Foster experiment he might have found a spot.
    Shame he had this accident, but glad he has that positive attitude still going. That will get him far in his new challenges.
    Wish him nothing but the best.

  3. Isaiah! I always liked you when you were with the Rams. So sorry this happened, but I admire your faith and courage and fortitude, young man! Wishing you a lifetime of blessings!

  4. For the life of me I cant understand why someone would not understand why someone wouldn’t want to where a seatbelt when the article clearly states he might of died if he had one on because they would of had to cut him out. So there’s the reason. Sorry, You might not agree with it but to act all high and mighty like you cant comprehend a view differing from your own is what is wrong with this country.

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