A Botched NFL Trade Might Have Saved Detroit Lions Running Back Jerome Harrison’s Life
Just a couple days ago, the Detroits Lions running back didn’t seem to have Lady Luck on his side. He was on his way to the Philadelphia Eagles thanks to a trade that sent Eagles running back Ronnie Brown to the D until it was discovered that Harrison had failed a physical. So Harrison was back with Detroit, knowing full well he wasn’t the guy that they wanted. Not exactly an ideal situation for an NFL player.
However, just a couple days later, luck is back on Harrison’s side as a result of the reason he failed the physical. As it turns out, Harrison has a brain tumor he didn’t know existed. It showed up when he went to take his physical and, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter pointed out yesterday, it’s a condition he probably wouldn’t have known existed anytime in the foreseeable future if he hadn’t gotten traded and been forced to take the physical.
“Without trade, Jerome Harrison doesn’t get physical,” Schefter tweeted yesterday. Without physical, doctors don’t find brain tumor. Trade might have saved his life.”
As of right now, Harrison hasn’t spoken publicly about his condition yet. Likewise, the Lions—who sounded very excited to be getting Brown to replace their injured starting running back Jahvid Best—haven’t released a statement about Harrison’s tumor either. But, one thing is for sure: Harrison now has a chance to get the tumor removed and fight whatever disease has invaded his body thanks to a botched trade that, for the most part, slipped under the radar earlier this week.
Harrison’s deal didn’t make headlines like the Carson Palmer‘s trade from the Cincinnati Bengals to the Oakland Raiders. Nor did it register as being anywhere near as important as Brandon Lloyd‘s trade from the Denver Broncos to the St. Louis Rams. But it will go down as the most important trade—or, better yet, non-trade—of the 2011 NFL season. And, right now, Jerome Harrison is thanking his lucky stars the Lions wanted to upgrade a running back this week. Because if not for that, he might not be so lucky in the future.
We wish him the best in the future and pray that he makes a speedy recovery.