McKenzie Milton was told that he probably wouldn’t ever play football again after suffering a devastating leg injury on Nov. 23, 2018. He suffered a knee dislocation that cut off blood flow in his leg. He nearly had to have the leg amputated, but quick work by UCF’s doctors and Milton’s surgical team saved the limb.
And Milton managed to salvage his college career as well.
Milton returned to the field for the first time more than 1,000 days after his injury Sunday night. He took the field in the second half of Florida State’s 41-38 overtime loss to No. 9 Notre Dame to complete a comeback three years in the making.
Milton came onto the field in the fourth quarter after starting quarterback Jordan Travis’ helmet came off. He threw a pass on his first play and he completed it for a 22-yard gain.
Milton stayed in the game after that play and led two scoring drives at the end of regulation to complete an 18-point fourth-quarter comeback by the Seminoles. It wasn’t enough to earn the win, but it was certainly enough to earn Milton plenty of praise on Twitter.
Former and current athletes including Robert Griffin III and Calais Campbell weighed in on Milton’s remarkable comeback, along with many media personalities. Milton’s return to the field drew comparisons Alex Smith’s comeback, and it even had some former Florida Gators receivers rooting for their in-state rival.
Milton completed 5 of 7 passes for 48 yards and ran for 6 yards on three carries against Notre Dame. He catalyzed the Florida State team and fan base, and he certainly gave coach Mike Norvell something to think about heading into the team’s Week 2 game against Jacksonville State.
Either way, Milton’s first action with Florida State was impressive, whether it leads to a starting job or not.
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