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How much do you love football? So much you'd cut off a pinkie

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    LIFE OF REILLY

    How much do you love football? So much you'd cut off a pinky to play it? That's what Trevor Wikre did.


    How much do you love football? So much you'd cut off a pinky to play it? That's what Trevor Wikre did.

    You say you love your team? You say you're totally committed? Please. I'll show you commitment.

    Meet 6-3, 280-pound Trevor Wikre. He's the starting right guard for Division II Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. He loves football like wolves love pork chops. He'd do anything for his team. Two weeks ago, he proved it.

    During a practice, Wikre, of Berthoud, Colo., caught his pinky on a linebacker's jersey during a sweep play. When he looked down, he happened to notice his bone was sticking out of his skin.

    "Just tape it up," he told the trainer. "We got practice to finish."

    Instead, they sent him to the hospital, where doctors told him they'd need to insert pins and reconstruct the ligaments. It'd need at least four months to heal. He'd be done for the season.

    "No way," Trevor said. "This is my senior year. We've got to make this work."

    "We can't," the doctor said.

    "We can," insisted Trevor. "We can cut it off."

    Cut if off?

    "To have somebody tell you that you've played your last game of football, I just wasn't going to let that happen," Trevor explains. "I couldn't do that to my teammates. I'd take a bullet for those guys."

    Or a bone saw. So he made the doctor lop off his right pinky. Problem solved!

    Two days later, he was ready to play against Colorado School of Mines, only the doctors wouldn't let him. "Some stupid thing like the stitches would rip," he grouses.

    And how do his teammates feel about his sacrifice? They hate him for it. Especially the ones who have missed games with injuries this season. "Thanks a lot for making us look like wussies," one said to him. The rest of them just kid. When Trevor does something good now, they hold up their hands and holler, "High four!"

    Trevor only has one regret. The doctor didn't give him the finger. "I wanted to make a necklace out of it." It'd also be a great gag at Subway!

    Feels odd, though. The finger that isn't there aches and itches. He wakes up at night to hold it against the throbbing, only to remember it's gone. It takes him longer to get dressed now. And it turns out you need your pinky to hold the remote—and handfuls of M&M's. But his biggest problem has been typing. "I look down and notice that all my p's are missing."

    What's funny about this story is that Trevor doesn't eat light bulbs for breakfast, or ram his head through plywood. He's actually a level-headed guy. "He teaches me patience," says his mother, Kim. "He's the calm one. And it's like he told me, 'Mom, I'm not gonna be a piano player or a surgeon. I'm a football player. I gotta play football.' So I'm perfectly fine with it."

    Well, except for the first time she saw his hand in a video on the Internet and had to leave work, sick to her stomach. "I can understand that," Trevor says. "She was happy I was born with 10 fingers and 10 toes and now I'm short one."

    But, hey, could be worse. As Trevor's fiancée, Traci, says, "Of all the body parts he could've taken off, that one wasn't so bad. I feel kinda good about it. I know that if he ever needs to sacrifice for our future, he'll do it."

    What's off-the-charts unbelievable is Trevor's head coach, Joe Ramunno, did the same thing. He slashed his left pinky in a high-school shop class 29 years ago and insisted they cut if off rather than miss his senior season. "It didn't occur to me until afterward," Trevor says. "My coach and I had the same thing happen!"

    High eight!

    So, has it all been worth it?

    "When I think about how much I love football, and my team, I just get goose bumps," says Trevor, who, big shock, wants to coach after he graduates. "To be able to play and hit people and not get in trouble for it? Man, it's a blessing. I love my team. And I'm a big believer in actions speaking louder than words."

    Every pancake block now seems sweeter, every snot-producing hit more precious. And Ramunno says the team is playing "inspired football since Trevor did this." In fact, Trevor helped Mesa State clobber Colorado State-Pueblo, 26-3 this past Saturday, helping it raise its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record to 5-0.

    "When you get a second chance at something you're so passionate about?" he says. "Man, your love for what you're doing just skyrockets."

    So does the respect his teammates really do feel for him. "Amazing," says Mesa State quarterback Phil Vigil.

    _______________________________

    Personally, I think they should type him a little note of thanks:

    Trevor,

    We areciate you and hoe you don't miss your inky.

    With Resect,



    Your als


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  2. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    I'd give up a testacle for a Lombardi. :yes: Here take it just knock me out first.

    That leaves me with one so I'm good.

    Please AJ bring us a ring........
     
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  3. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Great post :lmfao:
     
  4. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    I love my Chargers but that's too high for me, I still have use for them :icon_tease:
     
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  5. BFISA

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    I think this young man's gonna regret this decision someday.
     
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  6. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Gotta wonder why any respectable surgeon would agree to do this!! :icon_shrug: :icon_huh:
     
  7. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Not to mention his parents :icon_eek:
     
  8. sdbound

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    There goes his back-up career as a hand model.
     
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  9. TheBeast

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    That's nothing. Wilhelm and Smith cut their nuts off before the season :icon_eek:

    :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl:
     
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  10. chargerlipz

    chargerlipz Leading the league in nose hairs.

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    :icon_rofl: Nice!
     
  11. VikingBolt

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    You mean it doesn't affect his balance and grabs, like a toe affects turns and twists and darts?
     
  12. SD Native WY

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    If he was an adult, who cares what his parents think......I had to make the choice once and I made the wrong choice it would have been much easier to cut it off but my friend said," What would your parent think". I made the mistake of listening to him. Its a pincky finger for Gods sake lose it. Samurai and Yakuza do it all the time and they still are able to get along and kill people. Its not like cutting off your thumb or index finger.:tup:
     
  13. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    I'm in.
    Don't need mine any more, so they can have 1.
     
  14. TBF

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    I saw four live football games in person last week kickoff to horn.
     
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    He's a dumbass.
     

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