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Mitchell running back Ricky Trinidad, who tore his ACL in the Mustangs’ third game and is out for the rest of the season, recently heard from someone familiar with season-ending knee injuries.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Cadillac Williams called Trinidad last week to offer some words of encouragement. The two met during a photo shoot for the Tampa Tribune earlier this year, and when Williams heard about Trinidad’s misfortune, he got in touch with the father of the senior running back.
“My dad told me Cadillac’s on the phone, and I was like ‘Cadillac who?’” Trinidad said. “I didn’t think he would call me. I was kind of star struck that he would take time out from his busy schedule.”
Williams could share in Trinidad’s pain having gone through two knee injuries that kept him out of a majority of two seasons (2007, 2008) and threatened to end his career. Williams returned to the NFL in 2009 and was named the AP Comeback Player of the Year.
“He just told me that rehab’s hard and to have faith in God and to never give up,” Trinidad said. “He kind of knew where I was coming from, and he just wanted to let me know that I could come back from this. He gave me his cell number and told me to call if I ever needed to talk about anything. I thought that was really nice of him.”
Trinidad said he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab. He should be jogging again in four months and back to 100% in six months.
“My physical therapist and my doctor say my range of motion is good,” Trinidad said. “I’m not killing myself to the point where I’m going to hurt myself again, but I’ve been rehabbing really hard so I can get back to playing.”