For some reason, Micajah Reynolds decided not to spend the night at a friend’s house last week.
The Michigan State senior defensive tackle and Lansing Sexton graduate also decided not to take his typical path home.
Those two things wound up helping to save the life of a Lansing teenager last week.
Reynolds was flagged down by a teenager in the early hours on July 31 while driving home on East Saginaw St. in Lansing. The teen had been shot multiple times, including in the head, in what police think was part of a robbery.
“Nobody else was around and he was bleeding pretty badly,ā Reynolds said. “I whipped my car around in the middle of the street and jumped out and ran over to him and helped him out. I put pressure on his wounds and stuff. He had been shot in the head. I’ve still got my shirt and all my clothes over at the house that are completely drenched in his blood and stuff. Thank God he made it.”
Reynolds recalled the whole experience Monday during MSU’s annual media day.
“Iām holding him, cradling him and putting pressure and telling him āHey, everything is going to be OK, itās everything is going to be all right.ā Heās telling me Iām dead and I said āYouāre not dead, youāre sitting here talking to me. Youāre gonna be fine, just hang on, just keep fighting.’ I felt like I was spotting someone on the bench and being like āMan, you can do it. Just relax and keep going. You got it and all that.ā Thankfully he made it.Ā I havenāt really spoken to the family since Iāve been in camp and stuff. He was stable and everything the last time I checked.”
The experience put things into perspective for Reynolds.
“I didnāt sleep for a couple days just because it made me consider life is delicate,” Reynolds said. “Life is so delicate. You donāt think about things like that happening until it’s happened. Just thinking I was like what if my son wouldāve been in that situation? Would somebody else have stopped? Thankfully he made it and everything, but it makes you consider and be thankful and so grateful for everything that youāre given.
“Iām truly blessed to be here and in this situation that Iām in right now playing college football at the highest level. Thereās so many people that I know who didnāt make it out of where they were. I think I owe it to everybody that helped me get here to do my best and go as hard as I can. This stuff isnāt something that I get back. Life isnāt something that you get back.Ā My goal in this camp has been to go as hard as I can. Even the first couple practices, Iāve never been so tired and so sore after practice. I think itās just because Iāve been trying to go hard. I can feel my body breaking down just so it can be built back up and be stronger for the games.”
Check for more on this story on the LSJ site Tuesday.