Dolphins’ Kendrick Norton: I am alive and I am grateful

His expert football career over, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton is choosing to focus on what he has in the wake of a severe automobile crash a week at which he lost his left arm.
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“I am alive,” he told CBS Miami’s Peter D’Oench. “To be here, I’m alive. 1 thing keeps me going and that is that I’m still able to be here. Seeing my family is so essential. It is very good that I have this support system. It keeps me strong and it keeps me tall.
“However, I realize that I will not be able to play for anybody. We are working beyond this, you know. That fact is sinking in. I am alive and I am grateful. Now I wish to organize a blood drive.”
Norton on Thursday has been cited for an improper lane change and pulling out in front of a vehicle during his July 4 accident, Florida Highway Patrol announced. The 22-year-old Jacksonville native stays at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in the company of family as well as his representative.
“I’m ok. I am as comfortable as I could be with the situation. I am doing fine and the best I can,” Norton said. “I’m staying strong because each the support from every one the fans, each the teams, my loved ones and everyone. That’s what’s pushing me, my religion and the support from my family, my grandparents, my sports representative.
“Everybody is going above and beyond without a return. Just to see people who have been encouraging me is simply excellent.”
After being chosen in the seventh round of this 2018 NFL Draft from Miami, Norton spent last season on the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad before being signed by the Dolphins in December. He didn’t appear at a game for either group.