Flowers survived a death-defying car wreck while returning from his team’s camp at Jekyll Island this past weekend. He was a passenger with two other family members in a vehicle that flipped over four times on Interstate 16 and ejected Flowers through the front window.
Doctors thought Flowers might have suffered severe damage to his lungs, and he was rushed to a trauma center in Savannah. His mother and younger sister were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a nearby hospital in Statesboro. All three were released from the hospital the next day.
Thomas Flowers, an assistant coach at Druid Hills, said his son had only one thing on his mind when first saw him. “His very first thought was ‘I still want to play football this year,’ ” he said. “Those were the first words out of his mouth.”
Alexander has bruised lungs, muscle damage in his left leg, a sore back, and lots of bumps and bruises. Yet he has been showing up with his father at youth football camp at Druid Hills this week.
“I wake up every day happy, knowing that I get to go back to football,” Flowers said. “It won’t be long, maybe a week or so, until I get to go back to something I love.”
The elder Flowers was driving a truck loaded with football equipment about an hour ahead of the rest of his family. After getting a message about the accident, he was in tears when he approached the scene.
“God looked after my family,” he said. “A parent’s worst fear is to have to bury your children. The vehicle was destroyed … for all of them to walk away and be OK is truly a miracle. God let me keep my family that day.”