Injuries are part of sports. Anyone who has ever played or watched sports is aware of this unsettling reality. However, gruesome injuries, such as the one suffered recently by veteran Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson can be particularly disturbing, not only because we are forced to watch the replay over and over, but because of the person whose season came to an abrupt end.
We have grown accustomed to seeing and hearing negative stories about superstar athletes for several years. Stars arrested for drugs, murders, and domestic violence among many other violations. Hudson is not in this category.
Along with wife, Kim, he founded the Hudson Family Foundation, providing support to children in need of physical, financial, and emotional support. The Hudsons are also involved in various other organizations around the Atlanta area, donating their time and financial assistance for these causes.
As you can see, Hudson is not just an all-star baseball player or an all-star Atlanta Brave.Tim Hudson is one of the good guys in sports. And it hurts to see one of the good guys fall. In this age of performance enhancing drug use and the suspensions of Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, and a host of other major leaguers, Hudson’s injury is quite simply not fair.
By all accounts, Hudson works hard, is a great teammate, and one of the leaders in the clubhouse. Within minutes of Hudson’s injury at first base, #prayforhuddy went live on Twitter, establishing a way for teammates, other players from around the league, and fans to express their support for the embattled Braves right hander.
Advancements in medical care and rehabilitation over the past several years lend hope to Hudson as he continues to recover. Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon has been credited with saving or reviving the careers of many professional athletes such as Hudson. Former University of South Carolina All-American running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a horrific injury late in the 2012 season, tearing his MCL, ACL, and PCL, but was selected in the fourth round of the National Football League draft in April 2013 by the San Francisco 49ers and looks to be back on the field in time for Week 10. Lattimore’s injury was similar to that of another college and professional football star, Adrian Peterson, who tore his MCL and ACL on the same play during the 2011 season. Peterson began rehabbing his injury right away only to become the National Football League’s MVP for 2012.
Tim Hudson will be back. He came back from Tommy John surgery in 2010 to win the Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year award, make the 2010 All Star team, and collect his 1,600th strikeout and 200th career win. And he will be back in the rotation to start the 2014 season. He has family that loves him, teammates that respect him, the encouragement of Braves country and a determination to succeed that will bring him back to baseball.
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