KJ Hamler: ‘Football brought me back to life’ after surgeries and the loss of a grandmother

Englewood – KJ Hamler walked out of the locker room on Monday for the rest of his football career. Excluded from the list of physically unable to perform, Humler practiced for the first time since undergoing surgeries on his hip – he had pins and a plate inserted – and an ACL in his left knee last October.

Smile, laugh and go through a routine with teammates Jerry Judy and Tim Patrick. Joy eased his difficult way back. Humler admitted in May that his isolation from rehab and the death of his beloved grandmother, Ethel Gooding, had left him in a dark place. Monday, Humler showed courage, revealing that he was contemplating suicide.

“At one point, I didn’t want to be here. I didn’t want to be in this world. At some point, I didn’t want to be on this earth anymore because I lost my grandmother, and it really hurts,” Hammler said. Force out of that hole. He knew I was strong enough, even if I didn’t think so at the time. Just getting out of that hole was really, really hard.”

Humler began to see a therapist. He grew up proving wrong to people who suspected him because of his size. But this determination prevented him from showing weakness. Humler is a much better place now, he is able to frame his feelings with the support of others.

“The devil was on my back. I wish I had called for help sooner. My grandmother was like my mother. I called her every Monday. When I missed that call on Monday, we got the call on Saturday (that she had died) There was a lot of regret,” Humler said. I was very sorry. It still haunts me even though I’m better off now.”

“At first, I didn’t talk to anyone. I was enveloped in this cocoon. As a man, I learned to be tough and hold back everything. This is not the prime example of masculinity. Sometimes you have to let go of it. You keep things in place, you just pack them up.” Pack it up and keep piling it up and stacking it until it explodes. I’m no longer afraid to know I’ve been suffering from these things. We are all human. We will witness those up days and down days.”

Praise followed Humler throughout his recovery. He chose to have his operations done at the same time rather than having them run for a month as suggested. This resulted in 40 pounds of weight loss and a grueling first month. Humler, 23, found a beacon in his faith, family and treatment. At nearly 178 pounds, his normal playing weight, he has the drive to make an impact in his third season.

Even before Humler spoke at the press conference, it was clear that football had rejuvenated him.

“I take every day, every step. I’m glad I can get out of my bed and walk on two legs and some people can’t. I’m so lucky to be here. Football brought me back to life,” said Humler, who spent Monday after training hanging out with the kids. In the family section, their contests and make them smile.

“To see where I am from where I started is a big change. I’m proud of myself. I know my grandmother is proud.”

Hackett showed frustration
It happened on the fifth day of his first training camp. Coach Nathaniel Hackett showed his frustration with his offense. Quarterback Russell Wilson acknowledged the urgency, rallied the players together and demanded what was best. What followed was my best two throws out of camp. Wilson lofted a tearful pass over cornerback Pat Sirten – he’d made life miserable with the offense – and into Cortland Sutton’s hand for a touchdown in the red.

In the next play, Wilson found Jerry Jody wide open on a road junction for a score as there appeared to be a misunderstanding with nickel corner back Isang Busey, initially Cowon Williams, who plays day to day leg back. infection.

“I was upset that things weren’t going well. Russell felt that and raised them, and it was great trying to get these guys back on track because that’s what happens in the game,” Hackett said. “You just have to keep fighting. It doesn’t matter what the situation is.”

Left goalkeeper Dalton Reisner, who dropped from 325 to 301 pounds to better fit the wide-area ban scheme, added: “We have to start faster. That wasn’t a football tournament.”

footnotes
The Broncos will run on full platforms for the first time on Tuesday. This means that the assessment of the offensive and defensive lines will begin in earnest.

Receiver Terry Cleveland got shot in the throat and out of training, but he should be fine.

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