Mohamed Massaquoi has largely been out of the spotlight since his final NFL game in 2012. The former Browns receiver bounced around with the Jaguars and Jets in 2013, but the ex-Georgia standout was never able to make it back to the NFL.
On Monday, Massaquoi revealed what he’s been up to in his post-NFL life in a video released by The Players Tribune. Notably, Massaquoi said that in April of 2017, he was involved in an ATV accident that resulted in his left hand being amputated.
Last April, his left hand was amputated.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) February 12, 2018
The tale Massaquoi shares is heart-wrenching.
He said he went trail riding on an ATV last April and took a turn too sharply. The vehicle rolled and destroyed his left hand. Doctors and the medical staff at the University of Georgia tried to save the hand — “A feat in itself,” he said — but Massaquoi said over time that he lost all his fingers except his thumb.
“I guess when I look at my hand, I’m just thankful,” he said. “I’m thankful for the process. I’m thankful for the little things in life. I’m thankful for family, for friendship, thankful for real things.”
That’s just awful stuff. Massaquoi was the Browns’ second round pick (50th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played four seasons in the league with the Browns, notching 1,745 yards on 118 catches, scoring seven touchdowns.