The Dive Bar on Galt Ocean wants to extend best wishes to the new Miami Dolphin, Kendrick Norton, who was trying to make the squad. He is the Dolphin player who lost his arm after a serious auto accident.
Norton was expected to compete for a spot on the Dolphins’ roster this season after being picked up from the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad in December, but he said he does not think he will return to football.
How Did It Happen
Norton began exiting northbound onto 826 after his lane split. He then attempted to change lanes to travel southbound and sideswiped an approaching Maserati. The driver of the Maserati was able to stop, but Norton’s Ford F-250 veered across the two-lane road into a concrete barrier wall and flipped.
A report released after the accident by the Florida Highway Patrol determined that the Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Norton was at fault for a July 4th, 2019, accident that resulted in the amputation of Norton’s left arm.
Norton’s left arm was amputated at the scene so he could be pulled out of his vehicle. Neither Norton nor his passenger were wearing seat belts, according to the report. They were transported to Ryder Trauma Center to receive treatment, while the driver and passenger of the Maserati left the scene unharmed.
The accident report noted that Norton “made an improper lane change” while driving on State Road 836 in Miami and that drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash.
What Happens Now for Norton
Norton has reached out to thank his supporters. He posted a picture on Instagram of him in a hospital bed giving a thumbs up.
The caption read, “I’m good, thank you to everyone that checked on me. I’m good. Thanks for the prayers. To God be the glory.”
“,,,with his career over and no source of income currently, this has put a tremendous amount of financial strain on Kendrick and his family. Any continued support is appreciated,” according to the page.
Norton has already had three surgeries and will need at least two more before he begins the process of getting a prosthetic. The NFL said the league and/or the Dolphins’ insurance would cover all of Norton’s medical expenses.
Norton has received messages of support from the college and pro football community in Miami following the accident. Norton has posted multiple messages on his Instagram account encouraging his followers to donate blood.
“Realistically, it’s not realistic that I’ll be able to play football anymore,” Norton told the media.
“If you’re able to go through this situation, you should be happy,” Norton said. “A lot of people are burying people. If you’re alive, you should be grateful.”
If the Dolphins place Norton on the non-football injury list for 2019, the organization could pay for all or some of his $495,000 non-guaranteed salary, according to ESPN. But for now, Norton is not focused on his contract.
He has a great attitude. and we here at The Dive Bar truly wish him and his family the best in these times. We support the Fins and hope you will come down hear this upcoming season for all the action. And remember that The Dive Bar has great pub grub, karaoke all week, live bands all month long, lot’s of cool and happy people, great vibes, stiff cocktails, and the best staff this side of the Mississippi. We hope to see you down here ASAP. We will save a stool for you.