Jimmy Raye, Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator, is still not sure what happened on Sept. 17. "I was jogging near the airport," he says, "and I ran underneath an underpass and started to turn around. The next thing I knew, I woke up in intensive care with doctors telling me I was lucky to be alive."
Raye, 40, had been hit by a car traveling at about 40 mph and had been thrown against the windshield. "The driver said she went from the sunlight into the darkness and never saw me," says Raye, who suffered compound fractures of the right leg and a concussion and was hospitalized for 10 days.
Now Raye patrols practices from a golf cart and crutches. During games he is on crutches on the sidelines. "It makes it tough to teach," he says. "By late afternoon the leg starts throbbing. I feel trapped. I need a release. Running was so soothing. I guess I'm going to have to take up another sport—maybe swimming."