New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford knew he’d be in for a crazy Sunday. His daughter had just been born in San Diego, and though he’d get to spend part of his morning getting to know her, he also would have to travel cross-country while battling thunderstorms at his final destination in order to get ready for work the next day.
Then, things got really weird (not to mention, dangerous).
“It was unbelievable,” he said. “As I’m spinning, my life is in slow motion, flashing before my eyes. It was the craziest thing to ever happen to me.”
About 90 seconds after he crashed, Weatherford said another car hit the same pit of water and slammed into his car.
“I thought the guy was dead,” he said. “I sprint up to his car. I’m trying to open his door, it’s bent shut. I’m trying to open the passenger door, it’s bent shut. So finally, I like rip open the back-right door … I’m trying to gently hit this guy’s shoulder and trying to wake him up, because a third car could definitely, easily come and (hit) us.”
That man was taken away in a stretcher, but Weatherford said he thought he looked OK.
Of course, Weatherford was absolutely correct in his Facebook post. He was lucky to walk away from a crash like that and live another day to see his family and newborn daughter. And yeah, he still managed to make it to the Giants facility for practice.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.