Former Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi Opens Up About Injury That Cost Him His Hand

Former Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi Opens Up About Injury That Cost Him His Hand

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Former Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi Opens Up About Injury That Cost Him His Hand

Former Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver and second-round draft pick Mohamed Massaquoi took to The Players’ Tribune to open up for the first time about his gruesome hand injury.

Massaquoi, who played for Georgia from 2005-08 and finished his career with 158 catches for 2,282 yards and 16 touchdowns, was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Massaquoi recalls taking a turn too fast while riding his ATV with some friends last April. He thought he had broken his hand at first, but learned the true extent of his injury quickly after.

“The next thing I feel is like an explosion went off in my hand,” Massaquoi said. “I’m in shock so I don’t feel it, but I’m very aware of what’s going on because of the blood everywhere.”

Doctors attempted to repair his hand, and they were able to salvage his thumb, however, the remainder of his left hand was amputated last April.

He now wears a mechanical prosthetic device.

“There’s an adjustment there to say, ‘This part of me is no longer (there),’ but are a lot of other parts that are still there … This just gives you a perspective of how precious life is, how fast things can change,” Massaquoi said. “You go from joyriding to flying in a helicopter finding out your hand will be amputated.”

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