The crash that nearly took Isaiah Pead’s life ended his football career and cost him part of his left leg. The former second-round draft pick suffered severe injuries in the November 2016 automobile accident, and he’s adjusting to a much different life.
As Alex Marvez of the Sporting News details, Pead’s left leg was severed and right leg severely damaged in the November 12 accident. The former running back was speeding but not impaired. He wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, but Marvez notes paramedics believe that might have saved his life since they said cutting him out of the car might have resulted in him bleeding to death.
He has undergone eight surgeries since and is awaiting a prosthetic leg. For now, the former Rams and Dolphins ball carrier is on crutches. But he’s attempting to use his story as an inspiration, painful as it might be.
“I don’t think about the ‘What if’ because I don’t regret anything I went through when I had two legs,” Pead said, via Marvez. “I came to work every day and put my best foot forward and let things fall where they fell. They just didn’t fall in my favor.”
The 27-year-old was driving to south Florida to resume training. The accident left the man in the passenger seat relatively unscathed. A guard rail came through the driver’s side and severed Pead’s left leg, pinning his right leg — inducing the tears of three ligaments and the hamstring. The Dolphins had cut him earlier during the season, but Pead had secured workouts with the Chiefs and Redskins later that fall.
Spending time taking care of the his infant son who was born shortly before the accident, Pead is currently rebuilding his body by doing push-ups.
“I want to continue to be a motivator to whatever I come across,” Pead told Marvez. “That starts with myself, looking at myself in the mirror every day — a full body mirror. You can see, you know, half of me. I’m my own inspiration, literally.”