Ken Medlin

State, Irving see the big picture

Posted August 13, 2009

Recently, someone asked me if NC State was fortunate that Nate Irving's injury happened before fall practice -- the idea being that the Wolfpack will have time to groom his replacement.

I thought about it for a second, and it really gave me pause.

Let's face it, the most fortunate thing about this situation is that Nate Irving is OK. Yes, he's not able to play football right now -- but in the big scheme of things Irving could have been hurt a lot worse.

I understand where my friend was coming from on this, and NC State does have a chance to work out several players at Irving's position if needed.

But think about it: Irving was in a car accident which left him with a broken leg, a broken rib and a punctured lung. I don't think it's a stretch to say he's lucky to survive an accident so serious.

“I was really blessed to make it out of the accident I made it out of and to be here today as I am now," Irving said. "To be able to have another chance to play football somewhere down the road is another blessing. I don't have any complaints.”

Here's hoping Nate Irving makes a full recovery and returns to action next season. Number 56 in red was a sight to behold on the field last season.

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