Nick Schuyler Finally Tells His Story

It was one of the saddest stories of the NFL off-season. 

And while many other stories have pushed it out of the headlines since, there was a time nearly six months ago when the eyes of the nation were on a capsized boat in the Gulf of Mexico owned and captained by Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, and carrying former Detroit Lions defensive lineman Corey Smith and one-time South Florida teammates Will Bleakley and Nick Schuyler.

Miraculously, Schuyler was rescued on March 2nd (46 hours after the capsize) while the others were tragically lost at sea.

Nick Schuyler

Nick Schuyler

Schuyler has not spoken publicly about the events at sea – until this week, when he will appear on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”.

A preview of the interview with “Real Sports” correspondent Bernard Goldberg ran in The Tampa Tribune this morning.

Schuyler says that “…every day (I think about it). Every time I think, ‘Why me? Why did I live?'”

It does not appear that a happy ending is in Schuyler’s immediate future, but he has a lot of life left to live.  Perhaps opening up publicly will help continue the healing process. 

At least he does not appear interested in capitalizing on his so-called fame.  For one thing, he was not paid for the “Real Sports” interview.  And when you read these quotes, it is obvious that his perspective is squared away with the situation:

“You know people come out (and say), ‘You’re a celebrity.’ I’m not … a celebrity. Give me a break. ‘You’re a hero?’

“If I had another person here with me, you know, I’d be a hero, if I was able to keep them alive, maybe.”

Episode 149 of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” premieres this Tuesday, August 18th at 10pm ET/PT.  Check it out.

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~ by acm213 on August 16, 2009.

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