Monday, August 29, 2005

McDougle speaks

For the first time since being shot in a robbery on July 29 in Miami, Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle addressed the Philadelphia media from the NovaCare Complex.

He spoke of his physical condition as well as his appreciation of life and family.

Here are some selected quotes, provided by the Eagles, from his news conference.

On how he feels physically:
“I feel good. It was good to be around my family.”

On whether it set in on how close he came to dying:
“Yeah, it kind of did, but I always knew that everything was going to be all right. I have faith in God, so I was always confident that everything was going to work out. It was close, but I’m here. You can always talk better in hindsight, but I’m here and that’s all that’s important.”

On whether it makes him appreciate life more:
“Yes it does. Wouldn’t you appreciate it more? It makes you kind of wonder and makes you put things in a priority to see what’s important. Life is important. That’s one of the important things, life.”

On whether there was one thing from the incident that was the toughest to go through:
“All of it was tough. I really can’t just say one thing. I feel good now to be back. I just want to move on from it. I want to put that chapter behind me.”

On whether he is over the mental part of him being shot:
“Yeah. You’ve got to get past that first before you even get back healthy with the physical aspect. But mentally, once you know you’re okay and you made it, you have an incident like that and you make it through, the mental part of it is kind of behind you then.”

On whether he was conscious for the whole time it was going on:
“Right after it happened I went under and then I came back probably like ten minutes later. Then I was up until I went into surgery.”

On how tough it has been not being able to work out:
“It’s tough. Listening to what the doctors say, they want you to kind of do everything real strict. It’s tough not being able to lift your son, and not being able to do the things that you know you should be able to do. So, it really makes you be patient and you kind of have to have some self control.”

On how he appreciates life more:
“Just waking up and you’re all right. You can see your mom. You can see your son. Being able to talk to Coach [Andy] Reid, all the good stuff to look forward to after all you go through with something like that.”

On how tough it was, especially knowing that he was coming into the season healthy and competing for a starting spot:
“It was tough. I kind of fought with it at first, but I can’t do anything about it. I was kind of really getting into my groove. I’ll get back. I can’t worry about that stuff. I’ll get back. I just have to work that much harder now to get back from this. It’s always going to be something. There are always going to be obstacles testing you.”

On whether it has affected his physical conditioning:
“I feel good. I don’t get tired or anything like that. Everything is good as far as my body’s concerned. All of my pipes are working. Everything is working good. I guess the test will be once I get out on the field and start moving around.”


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