New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson has a scar on the left side of his neck that runs from under his chin all the way up behind his ear.
That, along with some minor cuts and a few stitches in his right forearm, are the reminders that show how lucky he was to walk away from a scary car accident a few weeks ago without any major injuries.
On June 25, around 4:30 am, the 22-year-old Wilkerson was driving on the Garden State Parkway when he lost control of his vehicle and ended up crawling out of his overturned car.
The injuries he suffered could’ve been much worse, all things considered, but thankfully for the second-year defensive end and his team, he’s ok.
“I’m feeling fine. I’m feeling good,” Wilkerson said this week. “Just some bumps and bruises that I have. Everything is fine. Went to the team doctors, they checked me out. Everything is fine.”
The 2011 first-round pick out of Temple has not yet talked publicly about the details surrounding the crash, but expressed gratitude that no one was injured in the two-car collision that nearly jeopardized his career.
“With that situation, all I can say is, I am grateful that everybody was fine,” he said. “Nobody was seriously injured. It was a tragic thing that happened, but I’m just happy that everybody is OK.”
The big 6’4, 315 lb Wilkerson is excited to check out the Cortland atmosphere that he’s heard so much about, but did not get to experience last season due to the NFL lockout.
“I’m looking forward to going up to Cortland with my teammates,” he said. “I haven’t been up there. Just to get the pads back on and know that the season is almost here, I’m all for it. I can’t wait till camp starts.”
I know Muhammad Wilkerson is not alone in sharing that excitement for the 2012 season. For the Jets’ sake, they need him to stay healthy and hopefully thrive in an increased role this season.