Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered a serious leg injury in the game against the New Orleans Saints. It required emergency surgery just to save his leg, and he stayed in a New Orleans hospital as the team flew back to Chicago.
Miller has now opened up about the experience, talking about the injury and recovery process.
“When I secured [the catch], I felt my leg pop,” Miller said in a video distributed by the team. “I wasn’t sure that it was that bad. I knew I had an injury. But in my mind it was just ‘hold onto the ball as long as you can.’ When I was sitting on the ground, I remember taking it and setting it down. I was like ‘that’s gotta be long enough.’”
They had to quickly pick the right hospital to get him treatment as soon as possible. Miller is very thankful that they did.
“That was actually Sid Dreyer, our assistant athletic trainer, who kind of took the bull by the horns there,” Miller said. “The Level One Trauma Center that I was at was actually four or five minutes from the stadium. By the time we made the trip to the other one and they diagnosed me, I would have had to go back. So Sid’s my hero for saving my leg.”
He was asked what he was thinking in the chaos of the situation, and it was very simple.
“I just remember telling the doc ‘save my leg, please,’ Miller said.
It’s great to see Miller back on the road to recovery after an injury that could have altered not just his career or his season, but the rest of his life.