NFL Week 17: Forget The Games…The Story Is Kevin Everett

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Should make everyone smile

Week 16: 12-4

Season 58-47 (game results)

Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett makes a triumphant return to Buffalo in what should be a tear jerking moment. This is a miraculous and is the real story of the season. Everett was thought to be paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury opening day September 9th and addressed his team before Sunday’s 32-21 loss to the Giants.

Newsday

In an emotion-packed day that left teammates weeping openly, Bills tight end Kevin Everett returned for the first time since suffering a spinal cord injury in September that left him temporarily paralyzed.

“You could see guys wiping their eyes as they met with him at the pregame meal,” Bills general manager Marv Levy said. “It was a very emotional thing seeing him back with the team. I think it was very beneficial for the team and for Kevin. He’s meant a lot to our team, and everyone is just so happy about what’s going on with him.”

Everett, who suffered paralysis after tackling Broncos kick returner Domenik Hixon in the season opener, has regained the ability to walk and is expected to lead close to a normal life with further rehabilitation. “It was a tremendous sight to see him for the first time just up walking around with a smile on his face,” receiver Lee Evans said. “That certainly touched everyone’s heart before the game. It’s something I don’t think I will ever forget.”

Everett was not made available to the media.

For Hixon, now a Giants receiver and special-teams player, it was an emotional reunion with Everett. Though what happened wasn’t Hixon’s fault, he has carried guilt with him. Yesterday provided some closure.

“I kind of had to gather myself after I walked into the [Giants'] locker room,” Hixon said. “It brought back a lot of the memories. It was just like when I was here earlier in the season, and I had to just remind myself that I was here to play a football game.”

Hixon got a chance to meet with Everett after the game.

“It was really great to see him and to just be able to talk with him,” said Hixon, who had not spoken with Everett since the injury. “He seemed really good, and that was very gratifying to me to see that he’s getting better.”

Everett spoke with teammates about two hours before the game. He left the locker room in a wheelchair and then, under his own power, got onto a covered golf cart before being driven to team owner Ralph Wilson’s suite at midfield.

Everett is able to walk and continues as an outpatient at a rehabilitation center in Houston.

“It was awesome seeing him,” Bills linebacker John DiGiorgio said. “It seemed like nothing even happened to him. He was standing up, smiling.”

Levy said many players went up to Everett and shook hands but appeared concerned about not being too physical with him.

“Kevin would shake hands and then say, ‘Hey, how about a hug?’ and then the players would hug him,” Levy said. “It was a very moving scene.”

“The last time I saw him, he was in a hospital bed,” Bills cornerback Terrence McGee said. “To see him now walking around with a smile on his face, it made me feel real good.”

Thursday, December 20, 2007
Final 1 2 3 4 Score
Pittsburgh « 7 17 7 10 41
St. Louis 7 10 7 0 24
Parker done for season
 
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Final 1 2 3 4 Score
Dallas « 7 10 0 3 20
Carolina 0 7 3 3 13
Don’t sweat Owens’ ankle
 
Sunday, December 23, 2007
1:00 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
NY Giants W-L: 9-5 17
Buffalo W-L: 7-7 20
Everett makes Buffalo appearance
1:00 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Green Bay W-L: 12-2 30
Chicago W-L: 5-9 32
Pride game for Urlacher
1:00 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Cleveland W-L: 9-5 21
Cincinnati W-L: 5-9 23
Gut check game for Crennel
1:00 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Kansas City W-L: 4-10 15
Detroit W-L: 6-8 17
Edwards to Philly?
1:00 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Houston W-L: 7-7 17
Indianapolis W-L: 12-2 30
Colts gear up for SB defense
1:00 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Oakland W-L: 4-10 10
Jacksonville W-L: 10-4 27
Do not sleep on Jags
1:00 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Philadelphia W-L: 6-8 37
New Orleans W-L: 7-7 32
DNabb goes off
4:05 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Atlanta W-L: 3-11 13
Arizona W-L: 6-8 27
Cardinals keep fighting
4:05 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Tampa Bay W-L: 9-5 22
San Francisco W-L: 4-10 7
Garcia torments former squad
4:15 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Miami W-L: 1-13 3
New England W-L: 14-0 34
Eclipse ’98 Vikings point record
4:15 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Baltimore W-L: 4-10 26
Seattle W-L: 9-5 24
Smith gets first NFL win
4:15 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
NY Jets W-L: 3-11 0
Tennessee W-L: 8-6 17
Titans defense dominant
8:15 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Washington W-L: 7-7 17
Minnesota W-L: 8-6 23
Tavaris Jackson does his thing
 
Monday, December 24, 2007
8:00 PM ET 1 2 3 4 Score
Denver W-L: 6-8 27
San Diego W-L: 9-5 33
Uh, LT?
 


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27 Responses to “NFL Week 17: Forget The Games…The Story Is Kevin Everett”

  1. GrandNubian Says:

    mizz,

    I don’t know if you called the Steelers and Cowboys as winners, but you’re 6-1 so far.

  2. God Bless him!

    We can use some good news for a change.

  3. GrandNubian Says:

    9-3 so far, but it looks like the Vikes will bite the dust tonight.

  4. Egg nog luck ;)

  5. My NIner’s won again YEAH! Things are looking up for 2008.

    How bout those Skin’s. They just might make the playoffs.

  6. Nice to hear about Everritt.

    Chargers are beating down the Broncos.

    I hate Disney. Why the f…. is Hanna Montana talking during the intro to me watching my team? Why are they interviewing Kobe and LeBron during halftime?

    Sick of it. I can’t get away from them on TV (but if I had NFLN I don’t think I’d ever be on ESPN again), but at least I can avoid them on the net.

  7. Dig. That’s the triple truth.

  8. Btw, my boys won again.
    LaDainian didn’t play in the second half again.
    And his coach didn’t realize he had him on the team til the 8th week of the season.

    Leads the league in rushing, down year for rushing this year though.

  9. gmp:

    The Chargers are looking good. They seem to have found themselves. They match up well against the Colts and the Patriots when they play their style of ball. I think SD will be a tough out if Rivers doesn’t turn the ball over.

  10. Michelle re the Niners: You do remember that the Pats have your first-round pick. So you won’t get a chance to improve yourself through the draft until the 2nd round.

  11. Okori,

    Damn! Thanks A lot.

  12. Anyone catch Michael Wilbon hating on Kobe and then Bill Walton saying Kobe has a persecution fantasy. I swear, these white folks, and yes, I’m including Wilbon, have lost their damn minds.

  13. They wish for others to have accountability, but have none of their own.

    Once a bad guy, always a bad guy.

    I can finally say I’ve met Kobe and I have to give the man his props. He’s a chill dude.

  14. KevDog,

    I totally agree with you. They need to stop hating on Kobe and give him his props. He’s the best player in the league.

  15. Does anyone else have snow on their screen?

  16. Just something for the holidays Michelle :)

  17. Mizzo,

    Oh, I thought there was something wrong with my computer. LOL!

  18. Mizzo,

    Are you watching the Laker’s game?

  19. The kid Bynum is looking good and Kobe is sick as he makes a jumper.

  20. Kobe is killing them. Hand in his face SWISH!

  21. Kobe will quietly use the deifying of Nash as inspiration.

  22. Andrew Bynum is gettin’ his!

  23. Your in trouble as a team when Brian Skinner is your best player in the 4th.

  24. There Michelle T. goes trying to stir up trouble.

  25. I was seeing guests off when the game ended. What did Michelle T say? Can anyone believe that troll Mike Breen? He was raggin’ on Kobe all game long, perseverating on the events of the summer in one form or fashion all game long. Stan and Mark ketp him in check though. Man, Kobe was killin’ em, Bynum badly outplayed Amare….again, and getting Ariza for Mo Evans and Brian Cook was an absolute steal. No way in hell the Suns can beat the Lakers in a 7 game series.

  26. Brian Cook’s game is so soft, he should have gone to Arizona. “Fragile…Handle with Care.”

    Check out the snowflakes…that’s cool Mizzo!!

  27. Merry Xmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Sacred Ramadan

    Snowflakes are cool especially the way they fall to the bottom of the screen

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