Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, a former University of Miami standout, has broken his silence following a car accident that ended his football career last week, and is seeking financial help with medical expenses.
Norton, who has been hospitalized since the July 3 accident, posted an Instagram story photo on Monday of his right thumb up with a message: “I’m good thank you to everyone that checked on me!!! I’m good thanks for the prayers to God be the glory.”
A GoFundMe account for Norton, who needed his left arm was amputated following the accident, was created with hopes to raise at least $350,000.
The account quickly reached more than $2,000 after it was created late Monday night, including a $50 donation from new UM quarterback Tate Martell.
“Miami Dolphins player and Miami Hurricane Kendrick Norton has undergone three surgeries since a tragic car accident on July 3rd, including the amputation of his arm. He needs two more surgeries at the minimum, before he can proceed towards having a prosthetic,” reads the account description created by Norton’s representation First Round Management.
“Kendrick’s football career has come to an end and his family is asking for any donation as soon as possible to help with medical bills moving forward.”
Norton’s arm was amputated after his 2017 Ford F250 rolled over onto its roof after colliding with a concrete barrier at approximately 1:18 a.m. on July 3 on the Dolphin Expressway (State Road 836) westbound ramp, leading to the Palmetto Expressway (State Road 826), according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Norton also sustained a head injury in the accident, which involved a female passenger who also sustained not-life threatening injuries and another female driver, who did not suffer any injury.
Norton, who played three seasons at the University of Miami, joined the Dolphins last December and was expected to compete for a spot on the team’s 53-man roster this season before his accident.