Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi had most of his left hand amputated last year after an ATV accident, he revealed in a video published Monday on The Players' Tribune.
Massaquoi showed the prosthetic he now wears in place of most of his left hand -- his thumb is intact. In the 4:24 video, he described taking a turn too sharply when he went trail riding on an ATV last April. The vehicle rolled and destroyed his left hand.
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"What I'm seeing and what my friends are seeing are completely different. They're seeing what actually happened, I'm seeing what I think happened," Massaquoi said. "I'm thinking that I just broke my hand. My friend, on the other hand, thinks my hand just went through a meat grinder or something like that. Meanwhile you can see the panic and the fear in everybody."
Massaquoi, now 31, said the accident felt like an explosion went off in his hand.
"I had been an NFL wide receiver," Massaquoi wrote in a brief prelude to the video. "I'd made my career by catching the ball. A few days later, my left hand had been amputated."
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Massaquoi said doctors at the University of Georgia tried to save the hand, but over time he lost all his fingers except his thumb.
"I guess when I look at my hand, I'm just thankful," Massaquoi said. "I'm thankful for the process. I'm thankful for the little things in life. I'm thankful for family, for friendship, thankful for real things."
Massaquoi was a second-round pick of the Browns in 2009. He played in Cleveland for four seasons and saw offseason time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets in 2013 before his playing career came to an end. He caught 118 passes for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns in 54 games with Cleveland (2009-2012).
--Field Level Media