WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Former Florida State running back Chris Thompson, a guy who’s been compared to Warrick Dunn, thought about never playing football again after breaking his back during his Junior season.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, when faced with a third and one in a game against Wake Forest, Thompson fatefully elected to move the chains rather than turn the ball upfield.
“I actually should have just bounced outside and took it for forty yards down, possibly a touchdown, but I was just thinking about getting the one yard at that time,” Thompson told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny Monday. “And a defender was standing in my way, and I just tried to run through him a little bit just to get the first down, but when I hit him it just felt like I hit a brick wall.”
“My whole body completely stopped and I just fell over,” he continued. “I knew that I wasn’t paralyzed though because I made sure I could feel my legs, feel my toes moving and everything. I just couldn’t breath, and that was pretty much the worst part of it.”