Last November, Isaiah Pead was involved in a horrific car accident that left his left leg severed, abruptly ending his career. Today, we learn what Pead is doing now to inspire others, most notably his son.
This time last year Isaiah Pead was training hard to become part of the Miami Dolphins final 53-man roster. His hard work paid off as he was initially declared a part of the final roster at the start of the season. After the Dolphins started the season 1-4, however, Miami tightened their depth at running back to fill other positions. Pead would be the odd-man out, and was eventually released.
Despite Pead’s release, teams took notice to his strong preseason and were showing interest in bringing him in. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase even admitted that had an injury occurred at running back, Pead would have been the first player they called. Unfortunately, Pead’s career would be cut short after a single-car accident would result in him losing part of his leg.
Former Cincinnati Bearcat teammate Wesley Richardson was in the car with Pead when it happened. Only Pead was critically injured from the accident. Now with just one leg and rehabbing the other, Pead wants to inspire others who have suffered similar misfortunes. Most of all, he wants to inspire his newborn son.
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Today, an excellent piece written by Alex Marvez from the Sporting News, titled “The running back who can no longer run” was published. In the article, Marvez interviews Pead along with friends and family describing what happened that night, and how life has been for him ever since.
Even with an amputated leg that changed his life and ended his career, Pead has remained in high spirits. He continues to rehab his right leg, which was also severely damaged in the accident. It’s important to note that Pead insists he was not drinking that night, but admits to speeding. Police reports backup that claim as they state that there were no signs of alcohol or drug abuse.
It’s a sad story to say the least, but well worth the read, and one I highly recommend. In many ways, Pead can be an inspiration to all of us. Pead described what he felt prior to the accident when his son was born, and how he views life now.
"“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. I can accept that because I have faith in God, who has a bigger plan. I’m just here to live it out.”"