Kendrick Norton talks for first time about losing his arm: ‘I am alive, and I am grateful’

Kendrick Norton talks for first time about losing his arm: ‘I am alive, and I am grateful’

Kendrick Norton opened up for the first time about a serious car accident he was involved in, admitting he’s lucky and grateful to be alive after losing his left arm. 

In his first public comments since the July 4 accident, the Dolphins defensive tackle talked about his future and working through the fact that he won’t be able to play in the NFL again.

“One thing keeps me going and that is that I am still able to be here. Seeing my family is so important. It is very good that I have this support system. It keeps me strong and it keeps me tall,” Norton told CBS4 Miami. “But I realize that I will not be able to play for anyone. We are working past that, you know. That reality is sinking in. I am alive and I am grateful. Now I want to organize a blood drive.”

Norton was cited for an improper lane change where he pulled out in front of another vehicle, according to a copy of the crash report obtained by ESPN on Thursday. He made contact with the other car before crashing into a concrete barrier, and he ultimately was cited at fault for the collision.

Norton remains at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, and he’s been upgraded to stable after having at least four surgeries on his left arm. 

“I am OK. I am as comfortable as I can be with the situation. I am doing fine and the best I can,” Norton said. “I am staying strong because all of the support from all of the fans, all of the teams, my family and everyone. That is what is pushing me, my faith and the support from my family, my grandparents, my sports agent.”

Norton’s agent Malki Kawa revealed Tuesday that the league will cover all of Norton’s medical bills under the NFL’s and Dolphins’ insurance policy.

“Everyone is going above and beyond with nothing in return. Just to see people who have been supporting me is just great,” Norton said.