STILLWATER, Okla. -- Artrell Woods was in the Oklahoma State weight room when his life came crashing down.
With one misstep, the receiver's back had been broken by the
force of the 185-pound weight he'd been carrying on his shoulders.
In that instant football became an afterthought.
Now, a mere 13-and-a-half months later, Woods is talking
touchdowns again. When the Cowboys open the season against
Washington State on Saturday in Seattle, he'll be among Oklahoma
State's top receivers.
The sophomore from Bryan, Texas, who teammates know simply as
Artie says -- quote -- "It's a miracle. I thank God every single
Woods' weight room mishap, caused when he rolled his ankle,
landed him in the hospital with what doctors called a fracture
dislocation of vertebrae and an incomplete spinal cord injury.
The first day after his surgery, Woods was able to wiggle his
toes. Within weeks, he was up and walking again with a brace
supporting his back. Then he gave practice a try.