Bacarri Rambo: ‘It’s like . . . I was deaf, paralyzed and blind’

ATHENS – Sidelined since a scary collision that knocked him unconscious late in a Nov. 14 victory over Auburn, Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo finally returned to full-contact practice the past two days.

He still doesn’t remember the play that brought a hush to Sanford Stadium, still doesn’t remember being carted off the field, still doesn’t remember the ambulance ride to the hospital.

“It’s like when I was down on the field I was deaf, paralyzed and blind,” Rambo said Thursday.

Teammates and trainers have told him that he spoke to them before being removed from the field and that he inquired about the score of the game in the ambulance, but the first thing he recalls is coming out of a late-night CAT scan at St. Mary’s Hospital.

“That’s when I really came back to myself,” he said.

He repeatedly has watched video of his jarring hit on Auburn’s Mario Fannin, trying unsuccessfully to stir the memory.

“I look at it and I’m, like, ‘I still don’t remember that play.’ I’m, like, ‘What happened?’” Rambo said. “It’s just crazy, really.”

He said he recalls everything that happened in the game before the fateful play on which he broke up what might have been a game-tying touchdown pass.

Extensive tests revealed that Rambo suffered a concussion but no other injuries. He said headaches, which he experienced for two-plus weeks, have gone away. Just this week, he was cleared for full contact.

Pleased with his practice-field performance Wednesday and Thursday, he expressed confidence he’ll play in the Dec. 28 Independence Bowl against Texas A&M.

“At first, I was kind of scared of contact because I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Rambo said. “But after these two days of practice I’m making contact and not having any problems with my head, so I [am] very comfortable getting back to the feeling of playing and the speed of the game.”

Although he doesn’t remember the Sanford Stadium crowd chanting his name as he was carted off the field on Nov. 14, he does recall and appreciate the concern of Bulldog Nation the next day.

“That Sunday morning when I woke up, I looked at my phone and I had probably 150 [Facebook] friend requests, 50 [e-mail messages] in my inbox, 30 or 40 missed calls,” he said. “Everybody was trying to see how I was doing. They were praying for me and stuff, and I was just thankful for all that.”

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The D

December 17th, 2009
1:53 pm

Thanks for the update, glad your ok Rambo! Such a great and scary play, thanks.

Bradley G

December 17th, 2009
1:53 pm

I look forward to seeing Rambo patrol the backfield for a couple more years. Now if we can only find a capable coordinator…

Bradley G

December 17th, 2009
1:54 pm

2nd…AND 3rd!! Woohoo!

pj

December 17th, 2009
2:00 pm

I like this kid. He’ll be an all-american before he leaves Athens.

NewnanDawg

December 17th, 2009
2:04 pm

Good to hear he’s at 100% again!

Go Dawgs!

Bryan G.

December 17th, 2009
2:04 pm

Seminole County’s finest. Well, after me and Bradley G.

Dbalcer

December 17th, 2009
2:06 pm

I am glad to hear he is doing so well. I can’t imagine how it felt to have that happen.

jimmy

December 17th, 2009
2:07 pm

glad your well

ATL D

December 17th, 2009
2:08 pm

HAHAHAHAHA the only ALL AMERICAN UGA had was a punter…great job CMR on player development

Windale

December 17th, 2009
2:09 pm

Thanks for the update. Rambo Rambo Rambo

NCDAWG

December 17th, 2009
2:09 pm

Great to hear…should have gotten a lot more playing this year.

Burdell

December 17th, 2009
2:15 pm

That is scary. This Jacket fan is glad to hear Rambo is doing well…he’s a very talented kid with a bright future if the new DC will play him more than Willie did.

Mr. Mang

December 17th, 2009
2:18 pm

They drew First Blood. If your going to send 200 men after Rambo remember one thing…bring a lot of body bags.

flagboy?

December 17th, 2009
2:20 pm

scary injury. Glad to hear he’s doing better.

DawginLex

December 17th, 2009
2:20 pm

Classy ATL D,

An article about a great kid recovering from an injury and you post your drivel.

30-24 glad it still “stings”

Dr.Lou

December 17th, 2009
2:23 pm

This was a tragic situation. From what we are learning about football head injuries, Rambo should stop playing right now. Otherwise, he may leave Athens walking and talking like Mohammed Ali. It isn’t worth it.

Tim

December 17th, 2009
2:24 pm

ATL D – HAHAHAHAHA . We didn’t even have to use our only all american (the punter) to beat ya’ll. Lemme check again, oh yeah, that’s 8 out of 9. Now that is embarrassing…. Nice try! Come back again soon!

Tim

December 17th, 2009
2:25 pm

Oh and by the way, glad to have you back Rambo. We need you!

Bryan G.

December 17th, 2009
2:25 pm

ATL D – We were very sad that we didn’t get to showcase our lone All-American against you guys. I hope that next year you allow us to punt so that Drew can get some love.

L-Dawg

December 17th, 2009
2:27 pm

ATL D

THE FUNNY THING IS, WE BEAT THE “MIGHTY” TRIPLE OPTION WITHOUT HIM ON THE FIELD. DWYER AND NESBITT SHOULD BE THANKING THE LORD RAMBO WASN’T SITTING IN THE BACKFIELD AS A SPY ON THE RUNER….. OTHERWISE THIS ARTICLE MAY BE ABOUT ONE OF THEM.

{{{{{30-24}}}}}
8-1
60-39-5

SO GLAD IT HURTS SO BAD!!!!

GLAD YOU ARE DOING OK RAMBO!! LOOK FORWARD TO THE 28TH!!!

Dooley's Cardiologist

December 17th, 2009
2:28 pm

He has the perfect football name. If you told me I had to go up against a guy named Rambo, I would have to think twice about it. Wish him the best against A&M.

GODAWGS

December 17th, 2009
2:33 pm

ATL D – We kicked your @SS with only 1 All American. I think that says more about your Punk @ss school than the job CMR is doing.

Great News about Rambo!!!!! GO Dawgs

Simby

December 17th, 2009
2:34 pm

Rambo! Rambo! Rambo! Glad you’re doing better kid! Look forward to seeing you play again!

MiltonDawg

December 17th, 2009
2:34 pm

Welcome Back Rambo!! Look forward to more great plays from you.

Brian Asselstine

December 17th, 2009
2:35 pm

I can’t imagine how it felt to have that happen.
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According to the article neither can Rambo.

hunker down

December 17th, 2009
2:35 pm

We love you Rambo! Welcome back. So happy you are a Dawg!

MiltonDawg

December 17th, 2009
2:35 pm

As far as John Rambo is concerned- everything agree that after First Blood the sequels sucked??

MiltonDawg

December 17th, 2009
2:35 pm

sorry everyone agree

L-Dawg

December 17th, 2009
2:40 pm

IF UGA WERE IN THE ACC, JOE COX WOULD BE AN ALL AMERICAN TOO.

AND A SIDE NOTE, I LOOK FORWARD TO NESBITT LEAVING, EITHER THIS OFFSEASON OR NEXT, MAKING THE STARTING QB FOR THE NERDS A GUY NAMED “JAYBO”……. LET’S HEAR THE NERDS MAKE REDNECK JOKES TOWARDS UGA WHEN THEIR STARTING QB IS NAMED JAYBO. I CAN HEAR HIS MOTHER NOW…….. “JAYBO!!!!!, PUT DOWN THAT SNAKE!!! WE AIN’T AT CHURCH RIGHT NOW!!!!”

RAMBO > JAYBO
WILLIE MARTINEZ > PAUL JOHNSON
30 > 24

GODAWGS

December 17th, 2009
2:43 pm

@ L-dawg Hilarious

H

December 17th, 2009
2:47 pm

RAMBO IS THE MAN

elvis

December 17th, 2009
2:51 pm

He will be a great one and I would have like to see him play vs. GT

It would not have mattered if he was bling in that game the way we had taken away the dive play with Dwyer.

Will Teasel

December 17th, 2009
2:54 pm

I don’t want no shaggy drifters in my town.

dallas

December 17th, 2009
3:02 pm

any new news on the dc search

outkasted

December 17th, 2009
3:08 pm

great news… good to see ur able to return and play… looking for big things next yr from the defense and u bing a big part of it….

KD

December 17th, 2009
3:11 pm

Hey Atl-D,you finally got more all-americans in one year than UGA does, Imean how often does that happen,about as often as Haley’s Comet comes around !!!!! Just shut up, you pencil neck GEEK !!!!!!

robodawg

December 17th, 2009
3:12 pm

A scary moment, glad he’s okay. DGD.

clickdawg

December 17th, 2009
3:16 pm

someone tell me how can the best receiver in the country not be an all american, bay bay thomas wouldn’t even be first team SEC.

Stephen

December 17th, 2009
3:18 pm

Dang, for all my moral preaching, I gotta say L Dawg’s comment about Jaybo was pretty funny.

That said, man, one little Techie comment and it sets y’all off. Chill out, fellow Dawgs.

Rambo, glad you’re feeling better. But definitely keep vigilant about these things. With all the NFL-head-trauma articles coming it, it’s something to think about. Much love, and looking forward to watching you play in a couple of weeks and beyond.

alldawgsgotohell

December 17th, 2009
3:24 pm

He should have stayed out of it, better than being part of such a weak sauce team that will get pounded in Shreveport!!!!

LAdawg

December 17th, 2009
3:25 pm

Tech’s strategy was to keep the Dawg’s offense on the field so they wouldn’t have to contend with our only All-American. It worked! CPJ is a genius!! I learned that from the AJC leading up to the UGA game.

timthebrave

December 17th, 2009
3:26 pm

It was a huge play in a big rivalry game. It went from extremely loud to eerily quiet. The Rambo Rambo chant was really cool. More importantly I’m glad he is doing ok.

L-Dawg

December 17th, 2009
3:28 pm

I TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I CAN’T FIND THE BUTTON TO CHANGE IT TO LITTLE LETTERS. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE IT IS??? THIS MAKES IT LOOK REALLY INTENSE!!!

(((((((( 11-2 > 7-5 )))))))))))

ROTFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reservoirDAWG

December 17th, 2009
3:32 pm

Fake L-Dawg, your team lost. Now get back to your male flagboy routine.

UGA in the ACC

December 17th, 2009
3:33 pm

At least then you would be in competition and not getting run over by your “competitors”

BBBBBWAWAWAWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

11-2 and a BCS bowl suckas!!!!!!!

Dr. UGA

December 17th, 2009
3:34 pm

An interesting note: the term “flagboy” actually originated when UGA fans were found with flags up their anuses to pregame a GT game. Since then, they have also defined other terms such as “sissy boy”, “redneck know-nothing”, and “mcdonalds fry cook”

my momma sayz im smart

December 17th, 2009
3:36 pm

and maybe one day I can go to clarke county community college too!! or as it is better known, UGA

Da Blu One!

December 17th, 2009
3:36 pm

Ripped up like Rambo!

alldawgsgotohell

December 17th, 2009
3:36 pm

Man you guys are getting owned on your own blogs. Hahah effin hilarious

JB

December 17th, 2009
3:39 pm

I think EVERYONE knows where the “flag boy” moniker came from. Its origins obviously bother you but it doesn’t change the facts.

That said, don’t worry, I’m sure Tech will roll out ANOTHER one.

HBTD!!!