Tragedy to Miracle

 One of the major struggles involved with being an athlete is having to overcome a major injury, especially when it can have a complete halt on the ability to play. Now mix the adversity of an injury with the media constantly poking into the process and questioning the athlete’s ability to recover completely. Charlie Davies, a 25 year old an American professional soccer player, handle all that pressure and more when he was involved in a fatal car accident in October of 2009. The accident left one dead and left Davies with life threatening injuries; at the time it was about survival, playing again was out of the picture. What attracted the media to this already largely followed story line was the question of the involvement of alcohol in this car accident. Davies had just played a large influential role in helping the USA men’s national team qualify for the 2010 World Cup. After the occurrence of the accident the media started to suggest the involvement in alcohol in the crash; sources started to speculate that Davies was out late celebrating his team’s recent qualification before he was involved in the crash on the George Washington Parkway.
The media always chooses to single out those who involve themselves in incidents in hopes that the message that drinking and driving or other illegal sorts of activity are hazardous to not only the individual’s life but also the people around them. However, rarely does the media take time after the athlete is singled out to show how they have changed their life in a more positive way. Davies is an example of how such a tragic occurrence can be turned around into a story of overcoming struggles and facing fears head on. Davies’ car accident grabbed the media of every media outlet across the country and even overseas where he was playing professionally at the time. Those of the media exploited Davies for the severity of the incident and the poor decisions that were made earlier in the evening that led to the accident. All sorts of people started to criticize his actions and many voiced their negative opinion, while only true fans stood by him in hopes that he would make the full recovery and be able to rejoin not only his club team but also the national team.
Davies managed to make a recovery from these life threatening injuries and although it was an extremely long and grueling process he was able to make a return to the field. He refused to stop at just being able to kick a ball around again, he was determined to get called up to the national team again. Davies then made a deal to be loaned from his European team to D.C. United who is one of the Major League Soccer teams based in Washington, D.C. His goal by transferring to a team in America was to be able to get back out on the field and playing instead of spending great amount of times either sitting on the bench or participating in reserve games. When he arrived with United he made an instant impact on the field, posing a serious threat to opposing teams by being able to find the back of the net on multiple occasions this season. Although Charlie was so beneficial to his team this season he has still yet to receive a national team call-up which was due more to minor injuries sustained in games this year. Davies struggled in the latter half of the year but still made so much noticeable progress since his accident that he came in second for comeback of the year behind David Beckham who suffered a torn Achilles and is almost at the end of his playing career.
Davies today has become a role model for much of the US youth who have followed his story of struggle and triumph and have their own stories that helps them relate to him. Even the media has taken time to recognize the leaps and bounds that Davies has made in turning his life around since this tragic accident that took place over two years ago. He has become a true inspiration to those who have reached a point in their life that they don’t believe they can overcome. Charlie has also helped others who have been involved in accidents that involve alcohol induced driving deaths realize that life can continue on after the incident. He has proved that something of that nature can become an inspiration to be better and never settle for less than the highest achievable outcome. Davies has truly turned a horrible situation into something so inspirational to all, even with the questioning of the media.

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