The holiday season has a lot of different meanings to people—to some it’s shopping for just the right gifts, others travel to visit relatives, but most importantly it’s about being thankful.
This year we have a lot to be thankful for. It was almost months ago that life took a sharp turn no one was expecting. Over these last few months, family, friends and fans have come together to show their support, love and thanksgiving.
While playing for the Hawks, Brett did all his talking on the field, letting others gravitate towards the cameras. Always working hard and trying to be the best, Brett usually walked through the crowds avoiding the spotlight—and he liked it that way.
On September 9th, when Brett collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, he grabbed attention he couldn’t avoid. All eyes quickly focused on Brett and what was happening and going to happen. Cards, pictures, and well wishes flooded the hospital waiting room—encouraging Brett to fight like he always had on the field.
Now, almost three months later, Brett is still fighting hard every day. It has taken time and a lot of patience, but Brett is improving and working hard at everything he is asked to do. He has gone through daily therapy to relearn everything, including swallowing and eating.
On Thanksgiving Day, the family sat down and ate turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing. At the table was the whole Greenwood family, including Brett who was also eating turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing.
While there is still a long road ahead, Brett is pushing forward on the path to recovery. He will have to continue to relearn things that seem trivial to an open field tackle—like walking on his own— but like he has so many times before, Brett will work through this challenge.
Brett and the Greenwood family are very thankful to be celebrating this Thanksgiving and holiday season as a family, and for all the love and support throughout these last months from their extended Hawkeye family.
Love and prayers to everyone this holiday season