Auburn Univ. Player Escapes Paralyzing Injury

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A college football player is crediting God and a player on the other team for preventing what could've been a paralyzing injury.

Auburn University defensive back Zac Etheridge suffered a serious neck injury on a play in Saturday's game against Ole Miss.

He collided with his own teammate and immediately lost all feeling and the ability to move his body.

It was a scary moment for those watching, but especially scary for Etheridge.

"When it first happened, I was just laying there, I was in shock, you know, just not being able to move," he recalled. "There was a lot going through my mind. The only thing I could say was, 'Jesus, Jesus,' just calling on His name."

Etheridge was laying motionless on top of the Ole Miss running back he was trying to tackle, Rodney Scott.

"Players are coached to get up quickly and run back to the huddle, but scott sensed that something was wrong with Etheridge and stayed on the ground, trying to remain as motionless as Etheridge was.

"I just gotta give my hats off to him because he could've moved anyway [and] I wouldn't be here today," Etheridge said. "I'd still be laying in the hospital bed."

It was several minutes before medical personnel were able to carefully lift Etheridge off of Scott, onto a stretcher and rush him to the hospital.

He suffered a torn ligament in his neck and a cracked vertebrae.

Etheridge is out of the hospital now and even walked into a team meeting to visit with his teammates.

"He's a great young man and he'll rebound from this and we're just glad that he's made a lot of strides since Saturday," head coach Gene Chizic said.

Etheridge's season is over, but he still wants to play.

"I would love to be able to step back on the field and continue to play the game," he said. "But right now we just gotta take it one day at a time."

Etheridge plans to talk to Rodney Scott by phone and thank him for what he did, or in this case what he didn't do.

Scott has already received a multitude of thanks from Auburn fans who are praising him for his sensitivity and sportsmanship.

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