If you have not already seen the video of Patrick Edwards crashing into the metal band cart belonging to the Marshall band in 2008, thank your lucky stars, and do not, under any circumstances, YouTube it.
You just YouTubed it, didn't you? Well, don't say I didn't warn you.
On Tuesday, Edwards filed a lawsuit against Marshall, Conference USA, and the referee working the game.
According to Edwards,
I don't know what my future holds, but I had this injury and I feel like this is the right thing to do to protect my rights and my future.
The statute of limitations would have prevented Edwards from filing suit after October 29th.
Edwards' journey from the horrific injury to 1,000 yard receiver the very next year was nothing short of miraculous. And while his comeback would lead some (especially those in Huntington, West Virginia) to hope that the incident was in the past, I certainly understand Edwards' decision. Only he knows how the injury is still affecting him, and nobody knows how it might affect him in the future.
From a strictly legal standpoint, it certainly seems as though he has a strong case. The cart in question posed a pretty clear hazard so close to the field of play. It's unconscionable that nobody was thinking clearly enough to move it, and if nothing else, hopefully Edwards' lawsuit ensures that nothing like this happens ever again.