Injured Alabama Star Hightower Can't Walk: Will He Ever Play Again?

Cedrick AlexanderContributor INovember 13, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a defensive stop against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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BAMA fans vividly remember losing one of the bigger components of the Tide football team this season in linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Many would describe it as the low point of the season. At 6'4, 250 pounds and the ability to navigate his way quickly to the ball carrier, Hightower left a large void in the BAMA linebacker corps. Hightower's injury has said to cost him the entire regular season with a slim opportunity of returning for the SEC Championship Game December 5 vs Florida or a possible National Championship Game. 

If you see Hightower these days, he is not hounding ball carriers, or making calls behind the defensive line at Bryant-Denny. Actually, Hightower isn't even on crutches. If you see him now, you may question if he can walk or may ever walk again. Hightower quite possibly may not have taken a step under his own power since the injury occurred.

If you see Hightower now, he is being escorted around campus on a golf cart. Yes, that's right Hightower gets escorted to each class by the training staff and a golf cart. Very rarely is he allowed to drive this cart, but students on campus have expressed stories where they have had to dodge Hightower and his mad golf cart which streamlines Hightower's travel time to each class. This golf cart can reach about 50 mph in which Hightower can make his way to class in a timely manner.

Some students find it funny to see such a large player, sitting in a golf cart, being escorted to each class around campus. It's not so much that Hightower can't walk, but the training staff doesn't want the Tide star to risk any freak injury on his trek across campus. BAMA fans hope this scene will soon change and Hightower will be more comfortable walking and in the coming weeks running, but as for now the Hightower Express is still in full effect.