PORTLAND -- Former University of Oregon football star Joey Harrington is out of the hospital after getting hit by a driver last month and told KGW he’s doing pretty well, considering what could have happened.
Harrington was hit by an SUV while riding his bike in Southeast Portland nearly two weeks ago. He suffered a broken right collarbone, a pair of broken ribs and a punctured lung on his right side.
He told KGW it took a second or two for him to realize what happened when he was hit.
“I heard the sound register,” he said, “the screeching tires and the collision. And it wasn’t until mid-air that I realized, ‘That was me that just got hit.’ Then I landed on the ground.”
“Then I got home and saw my helmet,” he added. “And I felt pretty lucky after seeing what could have happened had I not been wearing my helmet.”
Harrington had stitches in the back of his head, but they have since been removed.
He is going back to the doctor for another chest X-ray next week to see how his lung is healing.
Harrington spent 15 years playing football, including time with the Ducks and six seasons in the NFL. He said he never suffered a broken bone until now.
He will be a broadcaster this winter for ESPN and the Longhorn Network in Texas.
KGW Sports Reporter Joe Becker contributed to this report - Courtesy KGW.com