Wilson says Griffith will miss one week of school, but does expect to return to football

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said that he’s been given reason to believe and hope that wide receiver Isaac Griffith will not only play football again but not miss that much time after a nearly-fatal swimming accident over Spring Break.

Griffith was released from Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Sunday after an accident involving a rip tide at Siesta Key Beach on March 17 in which he nearly drowned before being saved by friend and IU student Mitch McCune and teammates Ty Smith and Nick Stoner. He spent two days on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma, but came out of it on March 19 and made steady progress before his release. Griffith returned to his home in Fort Wayne and Wilson said he will miss a week of school, but could be able to do some physical training when he returns.

“I don’t know if it’s realistic if he can go back in Spring,” Wilson said, “but I think there’s going to be a time. I think they anticipate that he’ll be back with our summer program. He’ll be back doing some things day one, it’s just a level of what. The real deal is just the trauma to the lungs. He’s very healthy, very young, was in great shape and he’s responded well. … We just keep praying for him to do well.”

Though Griffith’s life-threatening ordeal put him in critical condition, Wilson said the recovery time might actually be less than standard football injuries. Doctors said they do expect him to make a full recovery.

“Football’s going to take care of itself,” Wilson said. “He’s going to be healthy. He’s got a little bit of a bump in the road, no different than a guy who’s got a high ankle sprain. It was a major story and very tragic, but we’ve come out of that to where really he’s going to miss a short period of time. It will be much shorter than a guy like Antonio Allen coming off a six-month knee surgery. So it looks like in time, unless there’s anything moving forward, and everything is moving fast and we’re not going to be pushing on it. It’s more about him being healthy than football, but if things go well, hopefully he’ll have a chance to move forward and we’ll see how it goes. … He wants to get back to normal and get here as soon as he can, and that’s what we want.”

3 comments

  1. Concerning the circumstances that took place, this is great news! This young man will be a inspiration to many.

  2. This entire story just made me feel great. What a perfect outcome for a horrible accident. Love and prayers to all involved!

  3. I’m long overdue in posting this, but Im so happy for Isaac and his family. What was close to being a tragedy is now a chance to breathe and reflect on life and what could have been. So glad this ended up being no more than a bump in the road. And can we take a minute to recognize the other heroes of this story? His teammates saved the life of one of their brothers. That should not go unnoticed.

    I’m reminded of a line from Fight Club: “Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of {Isaac Griffith’s} life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted.” Not to trivialize, but how true! Hopefully Isaac and all involved continue use to make a full recovery, and take stock of how precious life really is.

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