SAN JOSE, Calif. — There was a time when Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman wasn't sure if he should — or even could — play football again.
In April 2006, one freak accident in an intrasquad scrimmage at Ohio State forever changed the lives of Coleman and Buckeyes teammate Tyson Gentry.
Coleman, a freshman defensive back looking to make an impression on the Ohio State coaching staff, charged up from his position to put a hard, but legal, hit on Gentry while running a dig route. He jarred the ball loose and the defense picked it up and scored. Coleman celebrated what he thought was a terrific play.
That is, until a few seconds later when he noticed something horrible...