Michigan State nose tackle Micajah Reynolds may not be the biggest name on the Spartans defense but on Spartans Media Day he stole the show when he spoke about providing first aid to an 18-year-old Lansing, Mich. man who was found with multiple gunshot wounds on Wednesday morning and survived thanks to Reynolds.
The 6-foot-5, 307-pound football player usually would not have been in the area but he took a different route home from a friend’s house when he saw the man, in the middle of the street, frantically waving collapse in his rearview mirror.
Reynolds applied first aid to the bleeding, young man until first responders arrived on the scene.
“Nobody else was around and he was bleeding pretty badly,” Reynolds recounted at Michigan State’s media day Monday, according to the Lansing State Journal. “I whipped my car around in the middle of the street and jumped out and ran over to him and helped him out. I put pressure on his wounds and stuff.”
The man suffered three gunshot wounds, including in the head, in what is believed to be a part of a possible robbery.
“I’m trying to keep him awake the whole time. He’s telling me, ‘I’m going to die. It’s over.’ I’m like, ‘Bro, you’re sitting here talking to me You’re going to be OK,’ Reynolds said at Spartans Media Day. ‘I was trying to downplay it, but it was pretty bad.”
The experience shook Reynolds and put various elements in his life into perspective.
“I didn’t sleep for a couple days just because it made me consider life is delicate,” Reynolds said. “Life is so delicate. You don’t think about things like that happening until it’s happened. Just thinking I was like what if my son would’ve been in that situation? Would somebody else have stopped? Thankfully he made it and everything, but it makes you consider and be thankful and so grateful for everything that you’re given.”