Palmer bonds with ACL donor family

Posted by Darren Urban on December 30, 2016 – 9:36 am

In 2014, Carson Palmer’s season ended with a thud, after his left ACL gave away against the Rams, derailing what had been a great season for the team. But the play — in which Palmer’s injury happened non-contact — resonated further than just the Cardinals and their fan base. The ACL tear was the second in that knee for Palmer. When he tore it the first time, back in the 2005 playoffs, it was repaired with donor ligaments of a woman named Julie De Rossi, who had been killed in a car accident in Houston.

At the time, De Rossi’s mother, Dorothy Hyde, found out her daughter had helped Palmer. She became a fan of Palmer’s, watching from afar as the small piece of her child lived on as Palmer played his career. When that ligament tore again in 2014 and Palmer had to have it repaired again (this time with his own tissue), De Rossi’s family figured that was the end of their connection with Palmer.

But it was not. In November, the weekend of the Cardinals’ home win against the 49ers, Hyde, her other daughter, and her grandson — De Rossi’s son — came to Arizona to meet Palmer for the first time and attend a game. It was all chronicled in a great NFL Films piece.

“She’s probably watching me play thinking about Julie,” Palmer said. “I don’t want her to lose that attachment to me and those joyous feelings she gets just because this knee no longer has her Achilles tendon. There’s part of Julie still with me.”

It’s well worth the watch.

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5 Responses to “Palmer bonds with ACL donor family”

  1. By Dr. G. on Dec 30, 2016 | Reply

    This is a sad and happy story simultaneously. Money cannot comfort the loss of a family member, but it can make a statement of gratitude after the fact. It is unlawful to barter or sell donor tissue, but many people with the means of a wealthy NFL player, would pay off a family mortgage or buy them a new car.

    I’m guessing that there is more to this story for Palmer that we know. He is a class act through and through. Happy New year to all our Cards Fans & Staff… 2017 is almost here…!! Make a resolution and go for it…

  2. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on Dec 30, 2016 | Reply

    Great story.

  3. By NYCardinals on Dec 30, 2016 | Reply

    Dr G


    “Hey, sorry about your daughter. Thanks for the ligament. Let me pay off your mortgage.”

  4. By Dr. G. on Dec 30, 2016 | Reply

    NYCCard ~ ~ Sorry for your upset…most people understand the concept of paying it forward to demonstrate emotional gratitude. Your statement is off-subject and unduly reactionary. Some of us can never say thank you enough for an invaluable gift…be well

  5. By NYCardinals on Dec 31, 2016 | Reply

    Dr G

    You are an idiot. This has nothing to do with “paying it forward”. A heartfelt thank you is all that’s required, but you, and people like you, think that money solves everything.. Who the hell are you to think that this woman — as strong and determined as she is — would even humor such an insulting offer.

    On the other hand, I am well below the “poverty line”, yet I would still spit in Palmer’s face if he offered me money for my loss of my child.

    On top of that, you even throw out BS suggestions that “there is more to this story for Palmer than we know”. No proof of anything, just your moronic suggestion of hope.

    “Pay it forward” means to give others the same love that was given to you. It has nothing to do with money, but you’re so shallow you can’t even comprehend that.

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