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D.J. Hayden comeback story continues with draft

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Most collegiate football players dream of going pro.

Most dream of working out for scouts, and hearing their names called in the draft.

But only a small percentage actually experience it, and most who do have never suffered kind of injury that almost killed University of Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden last November.

"I'm ready for all of this to be over with. I'm so ready," Hayden said. "Wherever I'm, gonna go, I'm just ready to hurry up and get there."

Sports bloggers report Hayden's type of injury, a tear in a vein near his heart, comes with a 95 percent fatality rate.

In just five months, this humble athlete has gone from the brink of death to top NFL prospect.

"Most people don't even know me," Hayden said last week. " This is the only way you know me: the guy from U of H that almost tore his heart off."

It's taken a lot of heart, rehab, determination, and faith to get to this point.

"I give all the glory to God. All the glory to him," Hayden said. "I want to thank him for allowing me to be here."

There were also tears, as just days before the draft, and in between workouts, Hayden and his mother took the time to thank the medics who helped save his life in between working out for some of the league's top coaches and attracting the attention of analysts who projected him as first round pick. That projection is higher than he was expected to go before the injury.

"On the way to the hospital the (UH) trainer rode with us and let us know he was a possible second round pick," one of the paramedic said.

Things have certainly changed since then.

"I'm young, and I guess my body is young so it will heal a little bit faster," Hayden said.

So on what could be a "game changing, " if not life altering night, this running miracle says he'll be playing video games, thinking about planning a fishing trip, and waiting for the phone ring. The NFL draft, he predicted, will not be on his television screen.





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