Kendrick Norton: I am alive and I am grateful

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Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton gave his first interview since having his left arm amputated as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident last week.

Norton will not play football again after losing his arm, but said he is “staying strong” because of the support of family, friends and fans who have reached out to him since the accident. He also expressed gratitude for the fact that he didn’t lose his life in the accident.

“I am alive,” Norton told Peter D’Oench of CBS Miami. “To be here, I am alive. One thing keeps me going and that is that I am still able to be here. Seeing my family is so important. It is very good that I have this support system. It keeps me strong and it keeps me tall. But I realize that I will not be able to play for anyone. We are working past that you know. That reality is sinking in. I am alive and I am grateful. Now I want to organize a blood drive.”

Norton was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the crash occurred, but has been cited for an improper lane change. He did not discuss the details of the accident during the interview as he instead focused on the fact that he’s alive with a glass that’s “half full” when “a lot of people have glasses with not much in them or glasses that are empty.”

22 responses to “Kendrick Norton: I am alive and I am grateful

  1. Best wishes to this kid. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders, which is the most important thing going forward.

  2. Serious question: The Griffin twin in Seattle plays with one arm, could they not fit this guy with a prosthetic, at least for weight-training purposes?

  3. It’s a shame, no matter how you look at it. Car accidents take so many lives and change so many lives forever. I know, a car accident forever changed my son’s life.
    The thing of it is, people go nuts over gun control (and I’m not taking either side on that one) and they go nuts over all kinds of other things, but they forget that the most dangerous thing we all do every day is get behind the wheel of a car. And it’s made immeasurably worse by the millions of people who still use their cell phones while driving.
    The next time you drive, just look at all the cars coming toward you and count how many of the drivers in a 5 mile stretch are using their cell phones. I did that one morning and counted 15. That is truly scary!
    I hope Kendrick Norton can keep his positive attitude. He will have his highs and lows, for sure. And he will need his family and friends to help him stay strong. I wish him well.

  4. accipiterq says:
    July 12, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Serious question: The Griffin twin in Seattle plays with one arm, could they not fit this guy with a prosthetic, at least for weight-training purposes?

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    He plays with one hand. Not one arm. And no prosthetic. If you don’t understand the difference… yikes.

  5. nyneal says:

    The next time you drive, just look at all the cars coming toward you and count how many of the drivers in a 5 mile stretch are using their cell phones. I did that one morning and counted 15. That is truly scary!
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    You do realize: paying attention to the oncoming labe is also distracted driving and quite dangerous.

    Truly scary that you fail to see this.

  6. Why did they have to amputate his arm at the scene of the accident? Was there imminent danger present? I understand that his arm was pinned beneath the vehicle, but was there another danger?

  7. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    July 12, 2019 at 7:54 am
    Sad situation all around. Wish him the best.

    42 25 Rate This

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    What kind of people down-vote a post such as this?

  8. Norton was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the crash occurred
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    And it seemed everyone on these comment boards assumed he was. Good commentariat we got here.

  9. Glad to see that he is going to organize a blood drive. We have great surgeons, medical staff, hospitals and equipment.
    1 out of 4 people will need blood in their lifetime. There is No Substitute for human blood. We will all know and love someone who needs blood to save their lives. Less then 5% of people donate. Make an appointment and donate.

  10. He paid a price for his stupidity. I fail to see how he can’t play again – tough time to adjust but he would be an inspiration for youth should he attempt to play. I hope he’s not a quitter.

  11. I still think the dolphins should sign him to a 1 year 7 million dollar contract out of goodwill.. Lord knows we have the cap space with the pitiful roster we got this season.

    Its a drop in the bucket to stephen ross but it could go a long way to showing other free agents we care as well as the fan base.

    I like his mentality though, It never helps to cry over whats already happened, but to look ahead on what to do next is the best thing when you get a setback in life.

  12. We are all praying for you big fella . Sometimes it’s hard to understand what Gods plan for us is especially when stuff like this happens . Hang tough it’ll be clear in time .

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