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Ryan Hollingshead’s story continues to inspire

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Five months after the horrific crash, the veteran is back on the field.

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Anytime I think of someone breaking any bone in their back or neck, I immediately think there is no chance they can resume being the person that they once were. Last night we got to witness someone defy odds and inspire us all even more.

Of course I am talking about FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead. Five months, or as he put it 128 days, since that scary night in January that left him with a broken vertebra, Hollingshead was back out on the field.

“It felt so good,” Hollingshead said after the game. “There's nothing like just playing the game so I enjoyed the couple minutes at the end there. I wanted to do more, try to get something and change the game, but it just went by too fast.”

If getting back on the field wasn’t inspiring enough, he nearly converted a game-winner too against New York City FC.

“Right when I came in it was on that cross from Kellyn on a free kick,” Hollingshead said. “I was like, I’m not going to get on the end of this in the air, but hopefully it gets knocked around and I can get on a rebound, and it almost did. It squirted out right next to me, just a little out of reach.”

So what is next for Hollingshead? Earning more minutes seems to be the plan until Oscar Pareja opts to get him back into the starting lineup. We all know what he can do on the field and seeing him push back so quickly after this injury tells me that we’ll see him start sooner rather than later.

What did you make of Hollingshead return to the field last night?