FSU football players survives motorcycle accident
TALLAHASSEE -- It was about midday on May 2 when Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary walked away from one of the scariest collisions he, and now you, will ever see.
Down below is a video embed that shows the junior riding his motorcycle along Mission Road in Tallahassee at 12:16 p.m. on May 2 as a black Lexus pulls out into the street and cuts him off. Not only does the black Lexus cut him off, though, it stops in the middle of the street, where a speeding O'Leary couldn't help but hit it.
The raw video below comes from TomahawkNation.com, an SBNation-based blog that requested and received video of the incident. TomahawkNation posted the video late Wednesday night. The editor of TomahawkNation, Bud Elliott, spoke to me about the accident footage earlier this week, and as he'll attest, my jaw was on the floor as he recounted the scary details. The accident video came from two cameras located inside a bus that was parked at a stop right next to where the event occurred. As the video shows, the bike ended up hitting the bus' windshield and nearly striking a teenager who was about to grab his bicycle from the front of the bus.
When the accident happened a few months ago, many of the details -- some from people on Twitter who knew those who saw it happen -- indicated that it was a scary event.
Yet somehow, someway, the gritty O'Leary took the hit, was ejected from his bike, flew some 75 feet down the length of the bus, landed on his feet, got up and walked away. Coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about O'Leary at the ACC Kickoff earlier this week. He said he looked "very good," and had increased his weight. O'Leary has become an even thicker tight end.
It should be noted that Fisher did also joke about how O'Leary wrecked his "doggone scooter" and was banged up for about a month. Banged up doesn't mean he had any major injuries. Even though O'Leary was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, acoording to the report TomahawkNation obtained, he didn't receive any injuries that would have prevented him from playing this fall.
The driver of the Lexus was cited for having caused the crash, according to the police report.
O'Leary, as you'll recall, is the grandson of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. The Palm Beach native has factored in FSU's offense his entire career. He has 33 receptions for 416 yards in those two seasons.
For FSU's sake, it's good O'Leary ended up being OK. About a month after his accident, the Seminoles announced that fellow tight end Kevin Haplea would miss the season with a torn ACL, suffered during an offseason workout.
Many of those who have been around O'Leary probably aren't too surprised that the gruff, sometimes bearded, often quiet player somehow took a hit from a speeding car, flew in the air and walked away to live. After all, he doesn't even wear gloves to catch the football.
Check out this video. And warning, you'll be picking your jaws up off the floor, too.